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31 Jul, 2011 04:18 PM
OUR PARKS A WRAP-UP
BY JEFFREY P. MAYOR; The News Tribune Staff Writer, July 31, 2011
Mountaineer, artist, author gives presentation at Paradise
Dee Molenaar, one of the area¹s most renowned climbers, will give two
Tuesday, August 2, at 3:45 pm at Henry M Jackson Visitor Center
And again at 9 pm at Paradise Inn, Mt Rainier National Park.
The author of ³The Challenge of Mount Rainier,² Molenaar is a former park
ranger and mountain guide at Mount Rainier and has climbed peaks throughout
the western U.S. and Canada, Alaska, the Alps and the Himalayas. He took
part in major expeditions to Mount St. Elias in Alaska in 1946 and in the
ill-fated 1953 American expedition to K2 in the Karakoram Himalaya. His
artwork and maps have appeared in books and art shows all over the world.
His book on climbing Mount Rainier is considered the definitive work on the
climbing history of Mount Rainier and is in its ninth printing. At age 91 he
continues to work on art and map projects, and writing and lecturing about
mountaineering and geology.
DIGGING INTO HISTORY
To better document the Mount Rainier¹s archaeological record, park staffers
are working with Central Washington University¹s archaeology field school.
Under the direction of Patrick McCutcheon, the field school will be
conducting an excavation in the Sunrise area to study the long-term human
use of the mountain¹s higher elevation landscapes.
Evidence now shows native people used the mountain at least 8,500 years ago
and maybe as far back as 9,600 years.
For the first three weeks of August, volunteers will get a guided tour of
the site and have the opportunity to shadow a student working on the
excavation. Volunteers will join in the daily operations, assisting with
sieving excavated sediments, carrying soil and measuring sediment volume,
said a park news release. Participants will also have the opportunity to
discover and learn about the artifacts and their uses.
Opportunities are available on Mondays-Wednesdays from 8-11:30 a.m. during
the first three weeks in August. The number of participants is limited each
day to six people ages 16 and above. Reservations may be made in person at
the Sunrise Visitor Center or by calling 360-663-2425.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK CLOSES ROAD
Roadwork along Graves Creek Road in Olympic National Park is scheduled to
begin Aug. 10, forcing closure of the road to vehicle and
Pedestrian traffic. The Graves Creek campground also will close that day and
stay closed throughout the repairs.
The closure is needed to allow contractors to repair damage caused by
erosion along a 210-foot embankment, near Milepost 1.8 and downstream from
the Graves Creek trailhead and campground.
The project involves placement of large logs along the length of the
embankment, with the logs¹ root wads facing into the stream to encourage the
development of fish habitat. Rip-rap will be placed to secure them into
place and prevent buoyancy, and the gravel road will then be rebuilt overtop
The $476,634 project is expected to last 30 days.
The campground at Kopachuck State Park remains closed. The campground has
been closed since May 23 when park staffers became worried about the health
of the tall trees amid the park¹s 41 individual campsites.
An arbor crew from the state Department of Natural Resources checked for
laminated root rot and found about 80 percent of the Douglas firs were
affected by the disease.
State Parks staffers are scheduled to discuss the situation with the
commission when it meets Aug. 11 in Wenatchee. The commission is scheduled
to vote on a policy for managing tree risks in campgrounds and other
The Kopachuck day-use area, beach area and group campground remain open. To
make a reservation, call the park office at 253-265-3606.
BY Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 [email blocked]
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