Composer, poet join North Cascades as artists in residence

The North Cascades National Park Complex is adding two artists in residence this month who will produce work inspired by the North Cascades wilderness.

The artists are Portland composer Christina Rusnak and California poet Paul Willis.

Rusnak writes music for groups ranging from jazz ensembles to symphony orchestras.

Willis, from Eastmont College in Santa Barbara, will hold poetry writing workshops and perform readings at campfire programs.

His workshop begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Newhalem visitor center. For more information, call 360-854-7304.

Goat management plan

The public has until Sept. 19 to comment on Olympic National Park’s mountain goat management plan.

The park released on July 21 a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for a mountain goat management plan. So far, the park has received about 60 public comments. Park staffers also held three public open houses in August in Port Angeles, Olympia and Seattle. The initial public scoping period ends Friday.

The initial scoping period help park staffers define the issues and questions the plan should address and to help the park shape a range of alternatives, superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a news release.

Additional information and preliminary alternative concepts are online at parkplanning.nps.gov/olymgoat. That also is where comments can be made.

Comments can also be mailed to Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Trail work planned

Funded by a $50,000 grant from Washington’s National Park Fund, Olympic National Park’s trail crew is spending this month repairing and improving trails in the Hurricane Ridge area. Trails targeted for work include the Grand Valley, Klahhane Ridge, Switchback, Elk Mountain and Badger Valley trails.

In addition to funding the park’s trail crew for this work, the grant provides for including volunteers working on the project.

The work will focus on improving the trails’ walking surfaces and drainage features and will involve digging and some physical exertion. Some revegetation work in the Hurricane Hill area also is planned. Potential volunteers should contact Larry Lack, the park’s trails Foreman, at 360-565-3178 for more information.

The recently completed rebuilt Madison Falls Trail was also funded through the Washington’s National Park Fund, according to a park news release.

Hoh visitor center work

Work has started on a $1.14 million project to renovate the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. The work is being done by Tactical Constructors Corp. and NLC General, Inc., Joint Venture of Fife.

The project includes renovating and expanding the existing visitor center and restrooms, modifying the building for ADA accessibility and installing a new roof.

While the work is being done, visitor center services will be provided at a temporary center in a trailer in the visitor center parking lot.

The Hoh visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 30. From Oct. 2-19, the visitor center will open Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. From Oct. 24-Jan. 4, the hours will reduce to Fridays-Sundays.

The visitor center was built in 1963, about 31 miles south of Forks off U.S. Highway 101.