Inside our parks Chris Mabey, a Utah photographer, hopes to spend the summer on a photography project to show how budget cuts are affecting the national parks and why the national parks are worth protecting. His plans call for visits to 10 national parks in the West, including Mount Rainier and Olympic.
“The national parks are an incredible resource for our country. They conserve historic and beautiful places and they bring in roughly $10 in economic activity for every dollar invested. In today’s dollars the park budget has fallen by nearly 15 percent in the last decade and the parks are now facing an additional $110 million in budget cuts,” Mabey said on his website explaining the project.
“There has been a lot of talk of how these cuts will affect the national parks, but I want to show the world how the parks are affected. I believe that pictures of how the national parks are hurting under these budget cuts will be much more powerful than the articles written about them,” he wrote.
Under sequestration, Mount Rainier is dealing with a $604,000 cut in its annual operating budget, while Olympic’s budget would be cut by $639,000
You can learn more about Mabey’s project at tinyurl.com/cb3fkfb.
The last program in the Perspectives series will be held Tuesday, focusing on the basket-making skills of coastal tribes.
Jacilee Wray, anthropologist at Olympic National Park, will present “From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry.”
Wray edited the book that presents the traditional art of basket making among the peninsula’s native peoples. She will talk about the ancient, historic and modern practices of the craft.
Perspectives will be held at 7 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles.
NATURAL LANDMARKS CONTEST
The 10th annual National Natural Landmarks Program photo contest is open. Winning photographs will be featured in the 2014 National Natural Landmarks Calendar.
The National Park Service’s National Natural Landmarks Program recognizes significant examples of biological and geological features. Landmarks include features on private, state, municipal and federal lands. Program participation is voluntary. Not all landmark sites are open to the public.
Further information about the National Natural Landmarks Program is available at nature.nps.gov/nnl.
Contest entries will be accepted through June 30. Winners will be announced in September.
For full contest information and submission requirements, visit nature.nps.gov/nnl/photocontest.cfm.
THIS AND THAT
The nightly gate closure at Longmire is scheduled to end April 15, according to Mount Rainier National Park officials. ... Paradise Inn at the park is scheduled to open for the season May 22. To make a reservation, call 360-569-2275 or go online to mtrainierguestservices.com.