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 »
Last Chance to Submit Your Video Stories
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7302
Entries Due: September 1, 2009
The National Park Service invites people to gather their photographs and videos of Washington National Parks and submit them to KCTS 9’s My Parks! Digital Storytelling Contest by September 1. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to win prizes—including having their film shown to millions of viewers on KCTS 9—for their films exploring their experiences in nature.
KCTS 9’s My Parks! Digital Storytelling Contest is produced in partnership with Washington’s National Park Units and is presented in conjunction with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, premiering September 27 on KCTS 9.
"People love to take photos and movies of their trips to parks." said, Chip Jenkins Superintendent of North Cascades National Park "We would really like to see them! The My Parks! contest is a great way for kids to share their stories of their National Parks. "
The Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks, explores the stories of individuals passionately inspired by the natural world to preserve the most monumental, beautiful and beloved parts of our country not for private use, but for the future good of all. The My Parks! contest aims to ignite that passion in young people in Washington State and British Columbia, to spend time exploring the natural world through the abundant parks of our region.
People are encouraged to share their stories of visiting, exploring or caring for any one of the 13 units of the National Park System in Washington. These include:
Ebbey’s Landing National Historical Reserve (http://www.nps.gov/ebla/index.htm)
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site http://www.nps.gov/fova/index.htm
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park http://www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm
Lake Roosevelt Nation Recreation Area http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm
Lewis and Clark National Historical ParK http://www.nps.gov/lewi
Mount Rainier National Park http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm
North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Ross Lake National Recreation Area http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm
Nez Perce National Historical Park http://www.nps.gov/nepe/index.htm
Olympic National Park http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm
San Juan Island National Historical Park http://www.nps.gov/sajh/index.htm
Whitman Mission National Historic Site http://www.nps.gov/whmi/index.htm
In The National Parks, Burns again explores who we are today through the lens of history, particularly through the photographs, diaries and letters of those who experienced it. The videos created this summer for My Parks! may become not only the record of our history, but powerful expressive tools for today’s teens.
"We hope that parents and youth organizations from clubs to teachers to Scouts to church groups encourage their kids to participate in the My Parks! contest." said Jenkins.
The contest is open to all students in grades 7 – 12 in Washington and British Columbia. Stories must be postmarked by September 1, 2009; winners will be notified by September 15, 2009.
For complete rules and entry forms, visit KCTS9.org/nationalparks, call 1.800.930.6060 or e-mail stories@KCTS9.org.
Did You Know?
North Cascades NPSC has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.