New online film studies park glacier monitoring

Staff reportJuly 21, 2013 

A new film on glacier monitoring, produced by the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network, is available online.

“Keepers of the Beat” features Dr. Jon Riedel, a National Park Service glaciologist at North Cascades National Park, showing how and why he takes the pulse of glaciers, said a Park Service news release. The film’s title refers to the fact that glaciers respond to environmental conditions and keep a record of their past history, the “beats” of time.

This film takes viewers to the top of the glaciers and behind the scenes with scientists from North Cascades and Mount Rainier who are studying these glaciers and contemplating what their recession could mean for both the national parks and the planet, said the news release. The film shares Riedel’s findings, ties in related work at Mount Rainier National Park and explains how the projects are linked together.

The film shows the scientists going about their work and discussing their personal motivations and concerns. The film is 18 minutes long and streamed in high-definition video at

This is just one film created by the Science Learning Network, a National Park Service program serving all the Northwest national parks. The program’s mission is to encourage park research and to disseminate results of that research.


Mosé Jones-Yellin has been named the new Mount Adams District Ranger at Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Jones-Yellin is currently the deputy district ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California.

No stranger to the Gifford Pinchot, he served as the Cowlitz Valley District Ranger in a temporary detail in 2012.

“This forest has some of the most beautiful and valuable natural resources found anywhere in this country, and it will be a pleasure to join the community and lead these outstanding Forest Service employees,” Jones-Yellin said in a release.

He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a master’s degree in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan. At the Sierra National Forest, Jones-Yellin is responsible not only for the timber program and silviculture department, but he also represents the High Sierra District on the forest budget team.

Jones-Yellin will start his new position in mid-August and will replace Erin Black, who has been serving as the interim district ranger since the departure of Nancy Ryke, who retired in June. Jones-Yellin and his wife, Genevra, are parents of twins, Nico and Isa. In his spare time he enjoys camping, rock climbing and exploring the world with his toddlers.

parking lot closure

The Grove of the Patriarchs parking area in the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park will be closed for paving Monday and Tuesday. The work will start at 7 a.m. Monday.

There will be no parking available from state Route 123 up to the Falls Creek Bridge, including the road shoulders.

Park visitors wishing to visit the Grove of the Patriarchs will need to park in the Ohanapecosh Campground and utilize the Silver Falls trail (23/4 miles) to reach the grove, though visitors could be delayed from crossing the road until the fresh asphalt has sufficiently cured, a park news release said.

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