This statement was released last night from Mount Rainier National Park. You can read our coverage of the reopening here.
January 7, 2012—Mount Rainier National Park successfully completed its first day of operations sincebeing closed in response to the New Year’s Day killing of Park Ranger Margaret Anderson.
“It was heartening to arrive at the park this morning and see the line of cars at the Nisqually Entrancefull of people eager to enjoy their park today,” said Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent RandyKing. “We are thankful for the dozens of employees that have come here from other national parks whose assistance allowed us to reopen.”
“We are also grateful for the dozens of individuals from other agencies that are helping us recover,”added Superintendent King.
The National Park Service Western Incident Management Team is working closely with the Behind the Badge Foundation and the National Park Service Critical IncidentManagement Team to support Park Ranger Margaret Anderson’s family, Mount Rainier National Park employees, and assist with arrangements for Tuesday’s Memorial Service.
In addition, National ParkService investigators continue to collaborate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the incident.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ranger Margaret Anderson is open to the public:Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, Washington.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations made out to the “Margaret Anderson DonationAccount,” may be sent to KeyBank, P.O. Box 159, Eatonville, WA 98328.
The National Park Foundation has also established a memorial fund to benefit the children of Margaretand Eric Anderson. Visit www.nationalparks.org/MargaretAnderson to help.
Visiting Mount RainierAll winter services, except the Snoplay area at Paradise, have resumed. Visit www.nps.gov/mora to learn more.