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 »
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to Improve Meteorological Monitoring in Alpine Environments
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?
The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.