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 »
Tapping into Science-Frost Brewed Glaciers
Contact: Charles Beall, 360 854-7302
Glaciers are the topic of conversation at the next Tapping into Science
What: Thirsty Mountain Tops: Decline of Frost-Brewed Glaciers
When: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Location: Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 West Holly Street, Bellingham
Did you know that two-thirds of the glaciers in the contiguous 48 states are in the North Cascades? Join North Cascades National Park geologist Jon Riedel for a conversation about glacier monitoring and learn what this program can tell us about their and our future.
Fundamental to the National Park Service’s ability to manage park resources "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations" is the need to understand the condition of these resources. For example, park "Vital Signs" such as glaciers are monitored by park scientists to identify trends, inform park management decisions, and provide early warning of impending threats.
The preservation of our national parks requires good science. Further, it requires that this science is shared with both scientists and non-scientists. Thus, the goal of Tapping into Science is to help people learn more about their national parks and encourage further scientific inquiry. This series explores, in an informal way, a sampling of the vast array of current science that takes place in our national parks – which, as protected areas, are natural laboratories for study. Conversations are held at the Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Directions available at http://www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/
A focus group meets in Concrete at the Upper Skagit Library the next night on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30pm to discuss attitudes about mountains and glaciers and their importance to nearby communities.
The focus group is part of a larger anthropological study, conducted by Julie Brugger, from Univeristy of Washington. She will be conducting interviews and examining community needs, in regard to Glacial and Climate Change.
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.