Outdoors

Rainier volunteer group sets work parties for 2015

The Mount Rainier National Park Associates has scheduled six volunteer work parties for the coming year.

The schedule includes four Saturdays of trail maintenance and two Saturdays of alpine gardening.

Nonmembers are always welcome to join the effort, said John Titland, the group’s volunteer coordinator.

“We invite people to join us for a day or two of volunteer work, donating their time and effort, but also enjoying the amazing place that is Mount Rainier National Park and the company of people who love that place,” Titland said in a news release.

Safety glasses and a hard hat are required. Register online for specific projects and remember to bring good footwear, work gloves, rain gear, lunch and water.

The location of the work parties will be determined by park staff about two weeks before each event. Here is the 2015 schedule:

April 25: Trail maintenance.

May 16: Trail maintenance.

June 13: Trail maintenance.

July 11: Exotic plant removal.

Aug. 15: Trail maintenance during the day, followed by a potluck dinner and overnight camping for the volunteers who have worked that day.

Sept. 12: Planting wildflower seedlings to re-establish alpine meadows.

You can learn more about the group at mrnpa.org.

WORLD HERITAGE SITES

The National Park Service has launched a new online travel itinerary that highlights the 22 World Heritage Sites located in the United States. The website shares fun facts and background information about the sites, which are located in 19 states and Puerto Rico.

You can find the site at nps.gov/nr/travel/worldheritagesites.

Among the sites is Olympic National Park, declared a World Heritage Site in 1981. The 922,000-acre park was first created as Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909 and named a national park in 1938.

World Heritage Sites are formally determined by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. They are chosen because they have “global value to humanity for their exceptional cultural and natural importance,” according to a Park Service news release.

Other sites in the U.S. include Yellowstone National Park, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Redwood National and State Parks and Grand Canyon National Park.

The service’s World Heritage Sites itinerary is the 60th in its online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series. The series supports historic preservation, promotes public awareness of history and encourages people to visit historic places throughout the country.

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