Floods. Windstorms that down trees. Wildfires. Millions of feet. Hiking trails take a pounding from all these things. And while the paths are the responsibility of the National Park Service, the agency often lacks money and staff to tackle all but the most pressing needs. That’s where national park friends groups come into play with their financial resources and, at times, volunteers.
Olympic National Park
A backpacker missing in Olympic National Park since Thursday turned up Monday morning in good condition.
A search is ongoing for a hiker overdue in the backcountry of Olympic National Park in Washington state.
Volunteer Labor At Olympic National Park And Outsourcing Ranger Tours At Cumberland Island National Seashore
National parks, strapped for funding, are turning more to volunteer labor and outsourcing jobs previously conducted by rangers to make ends meet.
A 59-year-old Washington state man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park earlier this month.
As the dynamic restoration of the Elwha River drainage in Olympic National Park continues in the wake of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams being dismantled, the opportunity to see the landscape's renewal first-hand arrives on Tuesday, when the first of a small number of ranger-led hikes into the drainage will be offered.
The Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park soon will be on the move, to a location a bit farther away from the East Fork Quinault River that has been slowly eating away the ground beneath the historic log building.
National park photography classes will take a big step forward in late August when Ian Shive, an award-winning photographer and author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape, conducts a live class over the Internet from Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks.
Olympic National Park officials have received approval to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet away from the East Fork Quinault River, and will try to accomplish that before fall.
Mountain goats are spectacular animals, even iconic in places such as Glacier National Park, but they can cause problems in parks where they don't belong. At Olympic National Park, where a 1920s era introduction project brought non-native goats into the landscape, officials are embarking on a management plan for how to deal with the animals. Adding weight to the need for such a plan was the fatal goring of a hiker in the park four years ago.