• 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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  • 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 »

  • Closures of USFS roads and trails that access North Cascades NP and Lake Chelan NRA

    The following U.S. Forest Service trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain and Carlton Complex Fires: Twisp Pass Tr., South Creek Tr., Reynolds Creek Tr., War Creek Tr., Summit Tr. The Twisp River Rd. is closed west of Eagle Creek. More »

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to Improve Meteorological Monitoring in Alpine Environments

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Date: April 16, 2008
Contact: Jon Riedel, 360-854-7330

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed to improve meteorological monitoring in alpine environments in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Improvements to the existing meteorological monitoring network in cooperation with Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will provide better information on weather, climate and precipitation patterns.

The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to install four new remote, high-elevation monitoring sites this fall to support the park’s long term ecological monitoring program as described in Alternative B of the Environmental Assessment. These sites will provide hourly data to resource managers and the public via the web to improve understanding of watershed processes and glacier dynamics in response to global climate change.

The Finding of No Significant Impact document can be viewed on-line at the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website. Select "Improve Meteorological Monitoring in Alpine Environments," then "Document List," and "Finding of No Significant Impact."

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.