Starting Wednesday July 23rd Expect Road Closures
July 23rd, Prosper Trail, North Slope & Middle Pass Trails - west side of the park CLOSED for forestry operations. McKenzie Farm Trail & McKenzie Rd will remain open for access between Prosper Parking Lot and the Pogue. CAUTION Heavy Equipment in use!
Mercury Sampling locallyThis will be the fourth year we have received funding from the National Park Foundation to help Woodstock High School students monitor Mercury (Hg) at the Pogue at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Stevens High School students monitor at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Students work in teams to formulate their own questions about Hg in our community and try to test their hypothesis based on the data they collect and other research.
Poster Presentations @ Dartmouth College - Congratulations Students!
Woodstock Union High School Biology Teacher Jennifer Stainton, was recognized as 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year, in part for her 9th grade science classes' study of mercury in the environment at the park.
Link to previous years' information.
National parks from Alaska to Florida and Maine to California are participating in the study. The data are available via the Citizen Scientists Study page link below. Ultimately, results will allow comparisons between parks, and will shed light on ecosystem health by characterizing the risk and potential transfer of mercury around food webs."
Did You Know?
Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. wrote to George Perkins Marsh in 1857, asking his advice on promoting "free soil" settlement in Texas to challenge the westward expansion of slavery. Strongly anti-slavery, both men would also champion land stewardship and public access to places like Yosemite Valley.