• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 1-15. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

Climate Change

Glacier at North Cascades
Rob Burrows

"…we cannot identify the warming at any National Park as strictly due to human activity. But from a scientific standpoint, the evidence that humans have impacted the global climate by causing the warming of .75F over the last 50 years is inescapable, especially when looking at the weather records we have from other events like retreating glaciers and shrinking snow pack."
- Philip Mote, Ph.D.
Washington State Climatologist

As a national park, we are charged to preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources contained within these mountains, valleys, and rivers. Yet, our daily activities also have an environmental footprint that contributes to climate change. We face global challenges and as a result we are taking action.

In 2009, North Cascades National Park became a Climate Friendly Park, after completing a baseline greenhouse gas inventory and writing a Climate Action Plan. Since then, we have begun to implement the following goals:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from activities within and by the park.
  • Increase climate change education and outreach efforts.
  • Develop and implement a plan to adapt to a changing climate.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve performance in the Climate Friendly Parks program.

In order to achieve these goals, we are guided and motivated by three principles:

Recognize the Connections
We continue to identify how our daily lives, both at work and at home, affect not only the park but also its surrounding bionetworks: the lower Skagit Valley, Stehekin, and Puget Sound. Indeed, our actions reverberate throughout the global community. The impacts of climate change are not limited to park boundaries.

Commemorate the Strides
We take pride in our accomplishments and strive to maintain momentum by sharing our success stories with each other and, most importantly, our visitors.

Challenge Each Other
Change in behavior is our biggest challenge in reducing our environmental impact and carbon footprint. We can easily swap out incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents but perhaps we ought to keep them turned off more often. We must challenge what we've become accustomed to and evaluate the environmental consequences of our daily actions. Tradition is a core value of the National Park Service and while we are proud of it and learn from it, we are not bound by it.

"We educate and inform others by the actions we take and how we talk about them."
-Chip Jenkins, Deputy Regional Director

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.