Your Gifts in Action in North Cascades
Your generosity made these projects possible!
Revegetation of the 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.
Youth Transportation 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 advocates.
Bear Safe Brochure - $2,350
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 information thoroughly.
Reconstruct Monogram Lake Trail and Campsites with Volunteer
Teams - $50,000
Easy access off of the Cascade River Road and good fishing makes
a popular destination for local day hikers and overnight backpackers who come
from around the Pacific Northwest. This
project has improved visitor satisfaction and safety, and also protected resources by reducing erosion, minimizing bare ground, and managing human
Engaging Urban Youth as Trail Stewards - $16,500
North Cascades trails staff provided supervision,
training, and mentoring for organized groups bringing urban youth to the park,
including Boy Scouts, Urban Wild, Passages Northwest, YMCA. At least 100 young
people (ages 11-16) participated in stewardship projects in the "back
country" during the summer of 2011.
Connecting Tribal Youth to the Land in North Cascades -
In partnership with the Upper Skagit Tribe, Northwest Indian College,
WSU Master Gardeners program, and Skagit County Compost and Waste Management,
tribal youth worked with the park's native plant propagation program and
developed stewardship, leadership and job skills.
Wilderness Information Center Improvements - $7,550
The primary point of entry for park users - hikers, campers, backpackers and climbers - is the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. Improvements allowed after-hours visitors a secure place to leave permits, obtain information and acquire or return bear canisters.
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher - $10,000
This highly-successful initiative placed a Pacific Northwest K-12 school teacher in the park as a summer ranger, with an emphasis on leading educational programs. This was the fourth year of the program. At the end of the summer, the teacher returned to his/her school while maintaining a relationship with the park to connect students to North Cascades National Park.
Junior Stream Stewards Education - $12,500
Through hands-on science and habitat restoration activities, 450 seventh and eighth grade students, their teachers and community connected with North Cascades National Park. Focus areas included salmon, water quality issues, research methods, native plants, aquatic insects, local geology, watershed restoration, and the value of national parks and other protected lands.
Impacts of Climate Change on Pika Populations - $20,000
Global warming is occurring at a rapid rate and mountain ecosystems are particularly susceptible to climate change. In many national parks, the pika has become one of the animals most likely to exhibit changes in activity and habitat as it adapts to a changing environment. This study helped to develop baseline data for park managers to better understand these impacts in the North Cascades.
Volunteer Butterfly Monitoring in North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks - $20,000
Butterflies are an easily monitored and charismatic indicator of the influence of our rapidly changing climate on national parks resources. This project, using citizen scientists, was one of the first steps toward understanding the impacts of warming climates on fragile subalpine ecosystems in Washington State.
Volunteer Shelter at Marblemount - $35,000
This new shelter at Marblemount Ranger Station provides volunteers, visitors and park staff with a place to gather that is protected from the elements, but also is available for community gatherings, celebrations, meetings and classes.
Botanical Foray - $10,000
Botanical forays are intended to search specific areas of the park and look for plant species not previously found. Park scientists gained valuable information about the flora of the park, including adding new species information and collections to the herbariums of the park and the University of Washington.
Landbird Inventory and Monitoring - $10,000
This project was focussed on monitoring and taking an inventory of landbirds to make it easier to detect annual fluctuations in bird populations. The six most commonly detected species include Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill, Varied Thrush, Winter Wren, and Townsend's Warbler.
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program - $5,000
Following the successful launch of this outreach and education initiative in 2007, North Cascades National Park continued this unique model in 2008. A K-12 teacher is selected to work in the park as a ranger for eight (8) weeks in the summer, interacting with park staff and visitors while also developing a curriculum to use with her/his students during the next school year.
Cascades for Kids Program - $10,000
Continuing its commitment to improving the visitor experience for young people, North Cascades National Park created a dynamic, hands-on children's corner for the park's main Visitor Center in Newhalem.
Diablo Lake Overlook Interpretive Shelter - $26,000
This project designed and built a low-profile, enclosed (on two sides) structure at the Diablo Lake Overlook, providing a focal point for the Overlook as well as a shaded area for park interpreters to engage visitors in informal contacts.
Junior Ranger Program - $11,500
This project developed a new series of Junior Ranger booklets that engage children (and adults) age four and above in various educational activities. The Junior Ranger Program created lesson plans for use in the park and with activities for "Family Getaways" at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.
Botany Forays - $8,000
In an effort to improve knowledge of the flora of North Cascades National Park, botanical forays have been conducted each summer since 2002 in cooperation with the University of Washington Herbarium. These forays are intended to search specific areas of the park and look for new plant species, using skilled volunteers to cover large areas in a short period of time.
Thank you donors and friends for all your support!