Letters to the Editor

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Tag: National Parks Conservation Association

Jan.
8th

PARKS: 2014 resolutions for our national parks

Re: “2014 look ahead” (TNT, 1-5).

With hopes for a better 2014, the National Parks Conservation Association appreciates the rear-view look at the particularly trying year for our national parks.

In addition to the noted closure of Mount Rainier National Park’s Ohanapecosh visitor center due to across-the-board cuts from the government sequester, the park had to implement earlier closures of its Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds, on top of indefinitely delaying needed road repairs and campgrounds maintenance.

Collectively, these closures impacted tens of thousands of park visitors. Across the country, national park operations budgets have faced a 13 percent

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Feb.
15th

PARKS: Support decision on Carbon River Road

I was pleased to read Craig Hill’s article, “Carbon River trail coming” (TNT, 2-11). The decision to convert most of the Carbon River Road to a trail is the correct decision.

As quoted in the article, Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga made this very difficult decision after careful consideration of the options before him and what makes the most sense for the Park Service, the public and the park itself.

Since 1977, damage to the Carbon River Road from flooding has occurred an average of every 2.4 years; a road here is no longer feasible due to continual

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