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Your Gifts in Action in North Cascades

Your generosity made these projects possible!


Gifts to North Cascades National Park in 2012-2013 totaled $147,730.50

The following is a list of funded projects at North Cascades National Park in 2013.  Several of them will launch in the summer of 2014.


1.  14 Days of Bio Bliss, $38,000

This project will encompass fourteen days of exploring, documenting, and communicating biodiversity in the North Cascades. Over the two weeks, daily activities will be scheduled to communicate the range of biodiversity within the parks to the public. Activities will include opportunities to participate in bio blitzes, conversations with scientists, photography, ranger-led walks/talks, children’s activities, and broadcasts from the field. Two to four areas will be selected, both from easily accessible and remote locations. Partnerships with local universities, interest groups, and North Cascades Institute will help provide activities and collect data. Focus will be on a range of species, including: birds, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and other insects, plants, and small mammals. Internship opportunities will be available for students to lead or participate in this project.


2. Repair the Sahale Arm Trail $32,000

The Sahale Arm Trail is a 2.2 mile trail that traverses through high elevation meadows between Cascade Pass and the Sahale Glacier camp. Easy access and spectacular views make this the most popular alpine trail in the park. Currently, thousands of feet of steep, mud-covered trail are threatening visitor safety and detracting from the visitor’s experience. Funding for this project will allow the damaged trails to be repaired. Additional drainage devices will be put into place to prevent further trail damage. Revegetation to bare ground will prevent erosion and further damages. Trail segments that cannot be maintained in their current location will be relocated. Seasoned trail workers must be recruited to work on this trail to ensure these improvements will withstand weather and time.


3. Produce a Guide to Alpine and Subalpine Wildflowers, $5,000

Efforts from this project will result in a wildflower guide for the public to have access to (both on paper and online) that features 90 common alpine and subalpine species. This guide will enable the park to have additional information to help educate, engage, and create stewardship with the visitors to North Cascades National Park. The park doesn’t have the funding needed to station an interpretive ranger in the park to help educate visitors about wildflowers throughout the park. With this guide, the park will be able to reach out to more visitors than a single park ranger would be able to talk to, and in turn, create a greater interest in the protection of this fragile piece of the North Cascades landscape.


4.  Search and Rescue -- $12,000.00

These funds – money raised during our 2013 Spring Dinner and Auction – were used to purchase high mountain rescue gear (litter, ropes, and helmets) at North Cascades National Park.


5.  Outerwear by Outdoor Research (in-kind)

Seattle’s own Outdoor Research gave outerwear to the backcountry rangers.


6.  North Cascades National Park Endowment – $50,000

North Cascades National Park’s endowment was launched in 2013 when the board elected to dedicate $50,000 to establish it.


7.  Arum Scholarships – $5,344

In memory of John Arum, a climber who died in the North Cascades in 2010, six climbing rangers received specialized training that they otherwise would not have received.  As a result, they are more confident and comfortable serving the public in the unique roles that they have.







Revegetation of the North and South Fork Camps - $15,000
The North Fork and South Fork areas of Bridge Creek in North Cascades National Park have recently been impacted and, along with resulting in large areas of bare ground, have begun to impact an archaeological site. This project will ensure the future safety of this archaeological site, moving camps to less sensitive areas of the park, and restore the already impacted areas. High school aged students will be highly involved in all aspects of this project, from plant propagation and identification to replanting techniques.

Pathways to Youth in the City - $6,400
North Cascades National Park, in partnership with a number of Puget Sound organizations, schools, and community centers, is actively focusing on engaging youth from urban areas in the park. This project will allow a park ranger to visit youth centers or programs in the greater Puget Sound area as a presenter and/or participant. This partnership within urban areas will not only widen the interest in North Cascades National Park, but also develop a connection between the park and the next generation of stewards. 

Youth Transportation into the Park - $11,600
North Cascades National Park is located more than 60 miles from school districts that are comprised of over 50% Latino and Hispanic youth, which is a priority demographic for the park to create lasting connecting with youth in the area. This program will enable the park to overcome the schools lacking transportation budgets, and provide busses to bring these students into the park. In addition, this program will provide transportation for student groups to take the ferry into Stehekin, as well as provide a level of transportation for student and youth volunteers and interns. Due to the large size of North Cascades National Park, overcoming transportation issues could be the key needed to introduce a wide and new audience of park stewards. Estimations for the program would provide transportation for at least 400 youth within six school districts and organizations. 

Supervision for the Youth Work Crew - $10,600
North Cascades National Park has created a program, in partnership with Youth Conservation Corps, providing six diverse teenagers from Skagit Valley with their first paid job within the park. Partial funding for this program has been awarded by the regional and Washington DC National Park Service offices. However, for this program to reach its full potential, an experienced crew leader and assistant crew leader will be needed. Their duties will vary, from developing to curriculum and goals to supervising actual work projects. Funding for these employees will better engage the students as park stewards and advocates. 

Bear Safe Brochure - $2,350
In order to meet growing demands for bear safety materials, the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP) has produced a new Bear Safe brochure with the most comprehensive information on bear safety. These brochures have been distributed throughout Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks, but more are needed. This project will provide needed funding for revisions, distribution, printing, and the ability for the parks to disseminate this information thoroughly. 


Reconstruct Monogram Lake Trail and Campsites with Volunteer Teams - $50,000

Easy access off of the Cascade River Road and good fishing makes Monogram Lake a popular destination for local day hikers and overnight backpackers who come from around the Pacific Northwest. This project has improved visitor satisfaction and safety, and also protected resources by reducing erosion, minimizing bare ground, and managing human waste.

Engaging Urban Youth as Trail Stewards - $16,500

North Cascades trails staff provided supervision, training, and mentoring for organized groups bringing urban youth to the park, including Boy Scouts, Urban Wild, Passages Northwest, YMCA. At least 100 young people (ages 11-16) participated in stewardship projects in the "back country" during the summer of 2011.

Connecting Tribal Youth to the Land in North Cascades - $21,000

In partnership with the Upper Skagit Tribe, Northwest Indian College, WSU Master Gardeners program, and Skagit County Compost and Waste Management, tribal youth worked with the park's native plant propagation program and developed stewardship, leadership and job skills.



Wilderness Information Center Improvements - $7,550

The primary point of entry for park users - hikers, campers, backpackers and climbers - is the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. Improvements allowed after-hours visitors a secure place to leave permits, obtain information and acquire or return bear canisters.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher - $10,000

This highly-successful initiative placed a Pacific Northwest K-12 school teacher in the park as a summer ranger, with an emphasis on leading educational programs. This was the fourth year of the program. At the end of the summer, the teacher returned to his/her school while maintaining a relationship with the park to connect students to North Cascades National Park.

Junior Stream Stewards Education - $12,500

Through hands-on science and habitat restoration activities, 450 seventh and eighth grade students, their teachers and community connected with North Cascades National Park. Focus areas included salmon, water quality issues, research methods, native plants, aquatic insects, local geology, watershed restoration, and the value of national parks and other protected lands.

Impacts of Climate Change on Pika Populations - $20,000

Global warming is occurring at a rapid rate and mountain ecosystems are particularly susceptible to climate change. In many national parks, the pika has become one of the animals most likely to exhibit changes in activity and habitat as it adapts to a changing environment. This study helped to develop baseline data for park managers to better understand these impacts in the North Cascades.

Volunteer Butterfly Monitoring in North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks - $20,000

Butterflies are an easily monitored and charismatic indicator of the influence of our rapidly changing climate on national parks resources. This project, using citizen scientists, was one of the first steps toward understanding the impacts of warming climates on fragile subalpine ecosystems in Washington State.



Volunteer Shelter at Marblemount - $35,000

This new shelter at Marblemount Ranger Station provides volunteers, visitors and park staff with a place to gather that is protected from the elements, but also is available for community gatherings, celebrations, meetings and classes.

Botanical Foray - $10,000

Botanical forays are intended to search specific areas of the park and look for plant species not previously found. Park scientists gained valuable information about the flora of the park, including adding new species information and collections to the herbariums of the park and the University of Washington.

Landbird Inventory and Monitoring - $10,000

This project was focussed on monitoring and taking an inventory of landbirds to make it easier to detect annual fluctuations in bird populations. The six most commonly detected species include Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill, Varied Thrush, Winter Wren, and Townsend's Warbler.



Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program - $5,000

Following the successful launch of this outreach and education initiative in 2007, North Cascades National Park continued this unique model in 2008. A K-12 teacher is selected to work in the park as a ranger for eight (8) weeks in the summer, interacting with park staff and visitors while also developing a curriculum to use with her/his students during the next school year. 

Cascades for Kids Program - $10,000

Continuing its commitment to improving the visitor experience for young people, North Cascades National Park created a dynamic, hands-on children's corner for the park's main Visitor Center in Newhalem.

Diablo Lake Overlook Interpretive Shelter - $26,000

This project designed and built a low-profile, enclosed (on two sides) structure at the Diablo Lake Overlook, providing a focal point for the Overlook as well as a shaded area for park interpreters to engage visitors in informal contacts.

Junior Ranger Program - $11,500

This project developed a new series of Junior Ranger booklets that engage children (and adults) age four and above in various educational activities.  The Junior Ranger Program created lesson plans for use in the park and with activities for "Family Getaways" at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

Botany Forays - $8,000 

In an effort to improve knowledge of the flora of North Cascades National Park, botanical forays have been conducted each summer since 2002 in cooperation with the University of Washington Herbarium.  These forays are intended to search specific areas of the park and look for new plant species, using skilled volunteers to cover large areas in a short period of time.


Thank you donors and friends for all your support!