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Contact: Kevin Bacher, Volunteer Program Manager, 360-569-6567
Mount Rainier National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015 with several volunteer projects open to public participation. The work day caps a busy summer in which nearly 2,000 people have volunteered their time and talents to the protection of Mount Rainier's natural and cultural treasures and helped serve its visitors.
National Public Lands Day is an annual celebration of public involvement in the stewardship of America's national, state, and local parks and forests. More than 200,000 individuals are expected to participate in events all over the country. In recognition of this, entrance fees will be waived at all national parks for the day. Volunteers will receive an additional coupon for free admission on a day of their choice.
Members of the public are invited to join in the day's work. The National Parks Conservation Association will help coordinate registration for the event beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the White River Campground in the northeastern corner of the park. After a brief welcome at 9:00, participants will divide into work groups. The Washington Trails Association and Park Service crew leaders will lead trail maintenance projects around Sunrise, while other crews will work on restoring subalpine meadows by planting species grown in the park's greenhouse from seeds collected from the meadows of Sunrise. Trail work is suitable for ages 16 and up, while revegetation is good for all ages. Additional projects may be added as well.
Volunteers should come prepared for the possibility of cool, wet weather, with warm clothing, rain gear, sturdy footwear, and gloves. Knee pads are also recommended for planting. If the weather is nice, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats are recommended. Volunteers should also bring water, snacks, and a lunch.
Free camping at the White River Campground is available both the day before and after National Public Lands Day for event participants. Contact Ian Harvey by email to reserve a campsite, and include the total number of people in your group as well as the number of tents you will be using.
Volunteers at Mount Rainier National Park maintain trails, patrol park roads and wilderness areas, assist and educate visitors, conduct research as citizen scientists, plant native plants, as well as dozens of other tasks. Last year, 1,693 volunteers contributed 57,336 hours of service, an effort valued at $1.4 million.
Information about Mount Rainier's volunteer program, including a list of open positions, a calendar of activities, and pictures and videos of volunteers in action may be found on Mount Rainier National Park's website or on its volunteer program blog
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