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Sequestration could mean Mount Rainier does not open Ohanapecosh Visitor Center for season

Here is a story I filed for Thursday’s paper on how sequestration would impact operations at Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park would not open the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center this season if Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach a budget deal by March 1.

The closure was among the proposed cuts planned at 12 major national parks, according to documents obtained and released Wednesday by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Mount Rainier is facing a mandated cut of $604,000 in its annual operating budget should sequestration take place. Olympic National Park’s budget would be

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Pinnacles becomes 59th national park

America has a new national park today. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis today celebrated the establishment of the country’s 59th national park with President Obama’s signature of legislation to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to Pinnacles National Park.

Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains east of central California’s Salinas Valley, Pinnacles is the result of millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the park’s boundaries lie nearly 27,000 acres of diverse wild lands. Visitors can enjoy a variety of spring wildflowers and more than 400 species of

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New rule could give mountain bikers more access to National Parks, Rainier not likely to be impacted

A new plan that would give mountain bikers more access to national parks, will have almost no impact on Mount Rainier National Park, chief ranger Chuck Young said this afternoon.

“It’s not even on the table,” Young said, noting that 97 percent of the park is designated wilderness.

The National Park Service announced Thursday it will expand bicycle access but will continue to prohibit bikes in wilderness areas.

“Bikes are a great way to exercise, get healthy, and experience the great outdoors,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said in a prepared statement. “This new rule gives park superintendents greater

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National Park Service director’s comment on death of Nick Hall

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis a short time ago released a statement about the death of Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger Nick Hall.

“Nick Hall died while he carried out a climbing ranger’s greatest responsibility – saving lives,” Jarvis said. “That fact will give us comfort in the future, but not now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick’s family and our National Park Service family at Mount Rainier National Park. They bear too great a burden today, and we will do everything in our power to support them as they have been thrown into the depths

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