State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam
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 »
Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues
A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »
Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014
Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »
North Cascades NP Glaciers on Seattle Public Television
Contact: Charles Beall, 360 854-7302
North Cascades National Park Glaciers on
"KCTS 9 Connects with Enrique Cerna"
Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The glaciers of North Cascades National Park and the scientists who study them will be the topic of the next edition of KCTS 9 Connects with Enrique Cerna which will air Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
KCTS 9 provided the following description of the episode, entitled "Melting Glaciers":
Forget about drowning polar bears and stranded penguins, global warming is hitting the Northwest. Local glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate – 40% in just the last 40 years, threatening wildlife, native fish, and even our own drinking water supplies. In this episode of Connects, we take you on a rare and special journey into the remote and stunning backcountry of North Cascades National Park, where local scientists are monitoring our melting glaciers. We’ll show you the dramatic effects of global warming; explain the critical role glaciers play in our ecosystem; and find out what will happen if nothing is done to stem the tide of climate change.
More about the series and a promotional clip about this episode are available at www.kcts9.org.
Did You Know?
In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.