Mount Rainier Receives $3.3 Million for American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009 Projects

DATE: 4/24/09

Mount Rainier Receives $3.3 Million for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Projects < /strong>
APR 24, 2009< /em>< /p>

For Immediate Release

Contact: Randy King, 360-569-2211, ext. 2301
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Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Randy King announces that the park has
been notified it is slated to receive $3.312 million to fund nine
identified projects under the Administration’s economic stimulus program.< /p>

Those projects include:< /p>

  • Improve public access to Carbon River Area – The Carbon River
    Entrance Road, Ipsut Campground and Ranger Station were severely damaged in
    November, 2006 by floods. A planning process is underway to determine how
    public access will be provided into the Carbon River area, and which
    facilities will be repaired, removed or relocated. A decision is expected
    by the end of the year. This project will implement the Carbon River
    public access and facilities plan, including the construction of parking
    areas, flood protection structures, and trails; convert the Ipsut
    Campground to a backcountry campground; and replace or relocate
    facilities, including the Ipsut Ranger Station.< /li>
  • Replace exhibits at Sunrise Visitor Center and improve access for
    people with disabilities to view exhibits – This project will replace and
    update the dated, 1970s era exhibits at the Sunrise Visitor Center, and
    provide ADA compliant exhibits and services to meet contemporary standards.< /li>
  • Repair storm damaged trails – This project will repair park trails
    and bridges damaged in the November 2006 floods and subsequent storm
    events. Specific work includes major reroutes on the Glacier Basin and
    Carbon River Wonderland Trail; a reroute on the Kautz Creek Trail;
    installation of guard rail on the Silver Falls Trail at Ohanapecosh;
    Stevens Canyon Wonderland Trail repairs; and repairs to bridges at Deer
    Creek, Stevens Creek, Martha Falls, Paradise River, Devils Dream, and the
    Ohanapecosh River. Members of the Washington Conservation Corps,
    EarthCorps, Northwest Youth Corps, Student Conservation Association, and
    volunteers from the Sierra Club, and Washington Trails Association will be
    engaged in working with park trail crews to accomplish these projects.< /li>
  • Stabilize riverbank and repair damaged pavement on Longmire back road
    – $482,000 – In 2006, the road and river bank adjacent to the historic
    Longmire Community Building and Campground, and the parking lot for the
    Emergency Operations Center (EOC) were damaged by floods. This project will
    construct a 300-foot long concrete and rock flood barrier in the ground
    adjacent to the road, Community Building and campground to protect them
    from future flood events. A half-mile of flood damaged roadway will be
    repaved by a contractor.< /li>
  • Replace electric power lines at Narada Falls overlook – The power
    line that serves Paradise, the park’s most popular visitor destination, was
    damaged during a storm in November 2008. This project will enable
    permanent repairs to the primary power line at Narada Falls.< /li>
  • Build accessible trailhead at new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor
    Center – This project completes another phase of the restoration of
    Paradise by constructing ADA compliant trailheads to connect visitors to
    the Paradise meadows from the new Jackson Memorial Visitor Center and the
    Paradise Inn.< /li>
  • Fix structural problems in historic buildings – This project will
    replace foundations, support posts, and containment walls on several
    historic structures at Longmire that are in poor condition.< /li>
  • Install grid-tied solar systems on park buildings – Mount Rainier
    National Park has set a goal to be carbon neutral in park operations by
    2016, the centennial of the National Park Service. This project will help
    the park toward that goal by installing a grid-tied photovoltaic system on
    the Longmire Emergency Operations Center. This facility was selected due
    to its proximity to the Nisqually River, which provides superior solar
    exposure year-round. The system will be able to generate a total of 10kw
    and will offset commercial power used by the park.< /li>
    < /ul>

    This funding reflects just nine of nearly 800 projects ($750 million) that
    will be completed under this Act in national park areas nationwide. In
    Washington State Olympic, North Cascades, Fort Vancouver, Lake Roosevelt
    and Whitman Mission also received funding with Olympic receiving $54.7
    million for mitigation projects related to the removal of the Elwha Dam and
    restoration of the Elwha River basin. Total funding for Washington
    national park areas is $62,198 million.< /p>

    King stated We are excited about the opportunity to move ahead with these
    important projects. Recovery Act funding will improve facilities that
    directly serve visitors to Mount Rainier, while creating jobs that will
    benefit individuals, businesses and communities. < /p>

    A full list of National Park Service projects is available at /recovery /nps.< /p>

    -NPS-< /p>

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