Lassen Volcanic National Park Begins Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Planning
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, (530) 595-6102
Lassen Volcanic National Park Superintendent, Darlene M. Koontz, is pleased to announce that the park is beginning development of a Wilderness and Backcountry Stewardship Plan. “This plan will guide the management of Lassen Volcanic Wilderness and backcountry areas in order to preserve wilderness and backcountry character,” stated Koontz. The completed plan will cover a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: commercial services, climbing, trails, stock use, wilderness/backcountry permits, and visitor use.
Lassen Volcanic Wilderness was established by Congress on October 19, 1972. The majority of the park (79%) is designated or proposed wilderness and is administered to preserve wilderness character, as mandated by the Wilderness Act of 1964.
We invite you to join us in creating a long-term vision and plan for the wilderness and backcountry of Lassen Volcanic National Park. What do you love about the park’s wilderness and backcountry? What concerns do you have? What activities in the wilderness and backcountry are most important to you?
We want to hear from you! The park will hold a series of open houses during the month of October:
In addition to the open houses, information related to the public scoping process will be distributed through mailings, the park website, social media, at the park, and at public events. Please visit the park website for more information about the plan and how to provide comments: http://www.nps.gov/lavo/
Did You Know?
The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.