Friends of Crater Lake to repair Annie Creek – August 03, 2004

Friends of Crater Lake to repair Annie Creek

Herald and News

Klamath Falls, Oregon
August 03, 2004
The Friends of Crater Lake, a volunteer group that offers assistance to Crater Lake National Park, will join a park trail crew to help repair Annie Creek Aug. 20 to 22.
The Annie Creek loop trail begins and ends at Mazama Campground near the park’s south entrance. The trail twists and turns down the steep walls of Annie Creek Canyon, then follows the creek, crossing it several times before again snaking its way up the canyon walls.

Because of its proximity to the Mazama campground and one of the park’s few streams, it is a very popular trail. One of the foot bridges crossing Annie Creek needs to be replaced.

“There are also several other trail tasks that we will tackle. Water bars need maintenance and improvement. Bushes need to be trimmed. There will be jobs for everyone, no matter your physical strength, endurance or other inclinations,” said George Buckingham, Friends president and a former park chief ranger.

All volunteers will be signed-on as official “Volunteers in Parks.”

Volunteers will have free campsites at either Mazama or Lost Creek campgrounds, but prearrangements must be made with Buckingham.

Friday night will be devoted to social pursuits. Volunteers will work all day Saturday and spend the evening socializing. On Sunday morning volunteers will finish up and then leave about noon.

“We do need to know who is coming so we can reserve campsites and plan our menus,” said Buckingham, who can be contacted at 783-3136 or by e-mail at foclnp-@alwaysonnetworks.com.

The Friends played a major role in sponsoring the Crater Lake Bicentennial Celebration in 2002, helped publish the first-ever history about the park, and regularly operate a winter-time information booth and handle other park projects.

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