9/3: The Way In: The Future of Access to NW National ParksThe Way In: The Future of Access to NW National Parks
September 3, 2008 - 6-9 p.m.
University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 110
Please save the night of September 3rd. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), along with the Washington Parks and Forests Coalition, will host a discussion entitled "The Way In: The future of access to Northwest national parks."
These past two winters, severe storms have wiped out park infrastructure and trails at the Olympic, North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks. National Forests have also been extremely hard hit. Many park and forest roads such and trails are beyond repair. Others such as the Cascade River, Carbon or Dosewallips roads will require expensive reconstruction, reroute and maintenance to secure long-term access.
We have a distinguished panel to discuss the issue including Representative Jay Inslee, NPCA President Tom Kiernan, NPS Deputy Regional Director Rory Westburg, atmospheric scientist Clifford Mass and others.
The evening's purpose is to educate the public (and get their input) on the changing access issues at Washington's national parks. Furthermore, we expect the conference to begin a region wide dialogue on how to ensure public access and enjoyment in a ecologically and economically sustainable manner.
Contact David Graves at 206-903-1444, ext 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on the event.