• 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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    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

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Buckner Orchard Wil Celebrate 100 Years

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Date: October 7, 2010
Contact: Kerry Olson, Kerry Olson (360) 854-7365, ext 13

The National Park Service and the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation will be kicking off the Buckner Homestead Centennial Celebration this week with an open house at the Golden West Visitor Center on October 8 and the 2nd annual Harvest Festival at the Buckner Orchard on October 9.

One hundred years ago this November, William “Van” Buckner purchased what is now the Buckner Orchard in Stehekin from Bill Buzzard and began a long legacy in the Stehekin Valley. Son Harry and his wife Olive continued farming the orchard maintaining more than 700 trees and raising three daughters at the “Buckner Ranch”. This historically registered district still contains mostly Common Delicious apples, a sweet and historic variety of apple.

The National Park Service now manages the Buckner Orchard as part of North Cascades National Park Complex, but not without help from the Stehekin Community and the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation. Recently the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation donated a mower/shredder and tractor to the National Park Service to aid in orchard operations. The machinery shreds pruned branches allowing large amounts of brush to be processed in a shorter amount of time and the saving physical labor of hand piling. Members of the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation also accomplished a great deal of volunteer work during a weekend at the Buckner Orchard in July.

"Private philanthropy has always played an important role in the national parks," said Chip Jenkins, superintendent. "We are honored by the support the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is providing."

For more information on the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation, visit http://bucknerhomestead.org/
Photos of the historic Buckner Orchard can be found at http://bit.ly/bSwBye

Please join the Stehekin Valley in their celebration of this historic site.

October 8: Buckner Orchard Centennial Kick-Off
Golden West Visitor Center, Stehekin
7-9 PM – photographs, stories, letters and sharing

October 9: Harvest Fest 2011
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
10 AM - picking apples and cider making
1 PM - community potluck, with chili, beverages, and table service provided.
Bring something to share, containers for cider, and lawn chairs.

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.