This year’s celebration of National Public Lands Day at Mount St. Helens will include the long awaited reopening of the Lava Canyon Trail on the south side of Mount St. Helens. Repair of the trail, which was closed by extensive flood damage, has involved the replacement of a washed out bridge, construction of new steps and walkway, and replacement of damaged railings. Completion of the repair marks the end of a two-year effort financed by an $185,000 grant in 2008 for bridge replacement and a $54,000 grant in 2009 to complete the walkways, railings and bridge approaches. Funding was received from federal payments to counties allocated through the citizens’ Resource Advisory Committee for the South Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
National Public Lands Day volunteers and Forest Service officials will gather at Lava Canyon Trailhead at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the reopening. For details concerning National Public Lands Day volunteer projects at Mount St. Helens and how you can get involved, download our National Public Lands day event flyer at:
or contact the friendly folks at the Mount St. Helens Institute at (360) 449-7887.