These projects were made possible by generous gifts from donors to Washington's National Park Fund.
National Park: $99,500 TOTAL
Longmire Stewardship Camp - $9,500
The Campground at Longmire has served as a base for volunteer operations since
2007. Making continued improvements to this area will allow it to be used by
more volunteers throughout the park. This campground has the capacity to serve
hundreds of volunteers and school groups during volunteer activities within the
Connecting Students to Parks - $5,000
This project will provide schools interested in visiting the park with travel
subsidies to cover the cost of bus rentals and substitute teaches. This project
will serve 250 students in five schools, and encourage children to spend more
time in the natural environment.
Mount Rainier Adventures - $5,000
This project will bring families and youth from the Seattle/Tacoma areas to
Mount Rainier National Park for day activities or an overnight trip. This
project will provide these youth and families with equipment, transportation,
food and educational classes at no charge. Participants will connect with
nature, and the park, in a welcome and exciting setting.
Getting to Green - $13,700
Mount Rainier National Park has set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2016,
the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. To meet this goal, Mount Rainier
must continually reevaluate their greenhouse gas emissions, and incorporate
climate change education into staff development programs. Mount Rainier strives
to reduce, not only park emissions, but also to provide visitors with the tools
and resources they need to reduce emissions at home and in their own
Cascade Red Fox Study - $4,800
Recent research has shown the Cascade Red Fox is being threatened by climate
change in Washington State. Mount Rainier National Park has one of the most
significant populations of this species, and is therefore the best place to
evaluate human influences on this animal. The project entails the attachment of
GPS radio collars to record fine scale movements by a veterinarian and
biologist with fox-trapping experience. Information gained from this project
will help the park manage this special and threatened species.
Forgotten Creek Site Analysis - $4,000
This section of the park is the second in Mount Rainier National Park with a
cultural component pre-dating the Mazama event over 7,000 years ago. This site
has exceptional importance in clarifying the onset of early human use of
Pacific Northwest mountains. An analysis of samples from this area will teach
us about how human land use patterns changed as regional populations adjusted
to climate change and increasing population density. Previous analysis of this
and other areas will provide a more clear idea of the historic use in the
Paradise Inn Lampshade Project - $1,500
In 1983, a booklet was published to provide information about the beautiful
wildflowers that can be found in Paradise Meadow, as well as the beautiful
hand-painted lampshades in Paradise Inn. In 1916, the wives of park employees
painted these lampshades, ranging in size from four inches to ten feet tall.
Reprinting of this booklet will provide information to those who aren't able to
see the wildflowers in person, due to limitations or seasons. The booklets will
be sold in the park, and proceeds will support volunteer programs and further
printings of the booklet. This project will be in partnership with the Lake
Washington Garden Club.
Protect Resources and Visitors at Paradise - $6,000
Of all the visitors to Mount Rainier National Park during the busy summer
months, 80-90% of them choose to go to Paradise. With a focus on youth
engagement and reaching diverse audiences, Mount Rainier would like to create a
focus on protecting Paradise, while ensuring visitors use is enjoyable and
safe. Including meadow protection, trail maintenance and repair, traffic and
parking control, wildlife protecting, preventative search and rescue
information, and general park information, this project will increase staff
presence in this concentrated-visitor-use area of the park.
Volunteer Program: Year 2 of 5 - $50,000
Funded by the Mount Rainier endowment, this grant will be used to
further the reach of the volunteer program in the park, whose goal is to reach
2,000 volunteers per year.
North Cascades National Park: $51,750 TOTAL
Scholarships - $5,800
Revegetation of North
and South Fork Camps - $15,000
The North Fork and South Fork areas of Bridge Creek in North
Cascades National Park have recently been impacted and, along with resulting in
large areas of bare ground, have begun to impact an archaeological site. This
project will ensure the future safety of this archaeological site, moving camps
to less sensitive areas of the park, and restore the already impacted areas.
High school aged students will be highly involved in all aspects of this
project, from plant propagation and identification to replanting techniques.
Pathways to Youth in
the City - $6,400
North Cascades National Park, in partnership with a number of
Puget Sound organizations, schools, and community centers, is actively focusing
on engaging youth from urban areas in the park. This project will allow a park
ranger to visit youth centers or programs in the greater Puget Sound area as a
presenter and/or participant. This partnership within urban areas will not only
widen the interest in North Cascades National Park, but also develop a
connection between the park and the next generation of stewards.
into the Park – $11,600
North Cascades National Park is located more than 60 miles from
school districts that are comprised of over 50% Latino and Hispanic youth,
which is a priority demographic for the park to create lasting connecting with
youth in the area. This program will enable the park to overcome the schools
lacking transportation budgets, and provide busses to bring these students into
the park. In addition, this program will provide transportation for student
groups to take the ferry into Stehekin, as well as provide a level of
transportation for student and youth volunteers and interns. Due to the large
size of North Cascades National Park, overcoming transportation issues could be
the key needed to introduce a wide and new audience of park stewards.
Estimations for the program would provide transportation for at least 400 youth
within six school districts and organizations.
Supervision for the
Youth Work Crew - $10,600
North Cascades National Park has created a program, in partnership
with Youth Conservation Corps, providing six diverse teenagers from Skagit Valley
with their first paid job within the park. Partial funding for this program has
been awarded by the regional and Washington DC National Park Service offices.
However, for this program to reach its full potential, an experienced crew
leader and assistant crew leader will be needed. Their duties will vary, from
developing to curriculum and goals to supervising actual work projects. Funding
for these employees will better engage the students as park stewards and
Bear Safe Brochure -
In order to meet growing demands for bear safety materials, the
Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP) has produced a new Bear Safe brochure with
the most comprehensive information on bear safety. These brochures have been
distributed throughout Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks, but
more are needed. This project will provide needed funding for revisions,
distribution, printing, and the ability for the parks to disseminate this
Olympic National Park: $145,000 TOTAL
Hurricane Ridge Road
Winter Access: Year 2 - $50,000
Youth Programs in Olympic
National Park (ongoing support) - $9,150
Olympic Marmot Monitoring Year 3- $10,300
Started in 2010
with the generous support from WNPF donors, the Olympic Marmot Monitoring
project just completed a very successful second year. In 2011 over 90 volunteers in 38 groups
visited sites throughout the park, in spite of this year’s record
snowfall. New this year we were able to
add enhanced outreach and improve our volunteer recruitment through the
projects website. The website was a
joint effort between NPS staff and WNPF volunteers.
How Healthy are the Elk? - $5,500
From 2008- 2010 we
captured over 50 elk to equip them with radio collars in order to gain better
information on elk movement patterns and design a more accurate census method. For each elk we captured we also took
advantage of the opportunity to gather biological samples for future analysis
to get a better understanding of the health of elk in the park. We are asking for funds to support performing
those analysis now that the capture operations are complete.
Among the analysis
we will run are: age, parasites,
exposure to diseases such as leptospirosis, para tuberculosis, and Jonnes
Elk Research Collars - $40,050
large gift was given by one corporation who strongly supported the research
being done at Olympic National Park.
Mountain Goats Study
are over 30 linear feet of archival materials gathered during the height of the
mountain goat controversy in the Olympic National Park collection. These
records relate to the review of the scientific research on the goat impacts to
part high country habitats, the question of whether goats were historically
present in the Olympic Mountains, and park mountain goat management. This issue
resurfaced with the death of a hiker from an aggressive mountain goat in 2010.
These documents are providing the historical context for past park management
actions regarding mountain goats. The collection is generally organized by
record, type, but requires creation of a finding aid, archival housing, and
cataloging. This project will ensure that these collections are preserved in
the park archives for future use by park management and outside researches.
Glacier Meadow Ranger Station - $17,000
yurt, used as Ranger Station, at Glacier Meadows, the platform it stands on and
helicopter time to fly new station materials into site and remove old station.
Alternative Trip Guide
highlights public transportation for Olympic National Park that identifies
existing public transportation providers and describes routes and connections
for key park destinations.