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Volunteers Celebrated at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Volunteers Steve and Judy Gibson at the park volunteer appreciation barbecue.
Volunteers Steve and Judy Gibson at the park volunteer appreciation barbecue
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Date: August 5, 2011

From October to July, more than 130 volunteers of all ages have donated more than 7,400 hours at Lassen Volcanic National Park.Volunteers continue to donate their time and help with campground hosting, visitor and education activities, field surveys, non-native plant removal, historical research, clerical and library work, computer projects, photography, search and rescue, ski patrolling, maintenance, recycling, and the safety program. “Volunteers are truly one of our most valued resources,” stated Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.

More than 160 volunteers, retirees, employees, Caltrans representatives, and Lassen Association board members participated in the park’s Volunteer Appreciation Day held at Manzanita Lake on August 1.Kayaking and wildlife walks were provided in the morning.A barbecue and presentations followed.Volunteers received T-shirts and certificates.The barbecue was provided by the Lassen Association.“We very much appreciate our cooperating association’s generosity in support of this event,” added Koontz.

Noted volunteers include Ski Patroller Phil Finkel for his donation of 1,000 hours, and Ski Patroller Joe Wolner and Campground Hosts Steve Gibson and Lynne Hadel for their donation of 2,000 hours.Volunteers who received special recognition include Greg Brahms for his digital image library work, Danny Diehl for his Ski Patrol activities, and Rob Horn for his contributions to snowshoe programs, backcountry patrol, and fire lookout staffing.Walter Schlim was recognized as the Ski Patroller of the Year.Steve Gibson was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for his exceptional customer service and assistance with maintenance projects as a campground host.Steve has been volunteered as the Warner Valley Campground Host since 2006.

For more information about becoming a park volunteer, please call the Volunteer Program Coordinator at (530) 595-6133, e-mail lavo_volunteers@nps.gov, or check the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.