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 »
Special Use Permit Issued to WeaveTel
Contact: Roy Zipp, (360) 854-7313
FONSI Signed and Special Use Permit Issued to WeavTel
North Cascades National Park Complex has signed a Finding of No Significant Impact and issued WeavTel a Special Use Permit for the installation and maintenance of public telecommunications equipment on public lands in Stehekin, WA, which is within Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The National Park Service (NPS) is issuing the permit to WeavTel as mandated by order of the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington. This action complies with the Universal Service provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and associated regulatory guidance from the federal executive branch.
This Special Use Permit will allow WeavTel to install, maintain and operate a wireless telecommunications system. Should the wireless system be determined ineffective for its designed purpose, the NPS agrees to issue a Special Use Permit to allow the burying of fiber optic cable on lands administered by NPS as necessary to establish reliable telecommunications where wireless telecommunications are not feasible.
In response to a request from the community to establish a public phone system in Stehekin, WA, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission sought a company to provide telephone service to the Stehekin Valley. WeavTel submitted a proposal to provide this service and in 2003 requested a permit from the National Park Service for installation of equipment which included placement of fiber optic cable on public and private land. WeavTel submitted a substantially revised proposal in 2006, which included partial wireless infrastructure so as to avoid crossing private property. North Cascades National Park responded with Environmental Assessments to both proposals.
Finally, in response to public comments to use the best available technology, to reduce environmental impact and to avoid issues of crossing private land, the NPS requested WeavTel consider design of an all-wireless system. As a result, WeavTel submitted a revised proposal in August 2007 to install and maintain an all-wireless telecommunication system.
For more detailed information, please read the entire Finding of No Significant Impact and associated documents at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkId=327&projectId=18746.
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.