Crater Lake needs volunteers – August 11, 2008

Crater Lake needs volunteers

Herald and News

Klamath Falls, Oregon

August 11, 2008

By Lee Juillerat

H&N Regional Editor

Friends of Crater Lake is seeking volunteers for work projects later this month.

The Friends group will host its 15th annual project weekend Aug. 22-24 at the park. A variety of work projects are planned, from painting a sign near the park’s south entrance station to installing a warning sign near the Sun Notch area of Rim Drive.

Over the years, volunteers have also helped build or rehabilitate many park trails. As in past years, volunteers will camp at the Mazama Campground to plan out work schedules. Dinners are provided by Friends of Crater Lake.

Who to call

To volunteer or for more information, contact George Buckingham at 783-3136 or by e-mail at crlaranger@centurytel.net, or Robert Marlow at (541) 535-5124 or by email at marlowrobert@aol.com.

Volunteers, including those at the Friends weekend, can also participate in the park’s second annual Bio Blitz Saturday, Aug 23.

Last year’s Blitz was limited to botanists, biologists and others with scientific backgrounds, but organizers are welcoming interested people this year. Children age 12 and older can participate if accompanied by an adult. Teams will be sent out to various park locations to collect and catalog park lichen.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Dr. Lawrence Powers at Lawrence.powers@oit.edu, park biologist Kathryn Williams at 594-3075 or by e-mail at Kathryn_Williams@ nps.gov, or Mac Brock at 851-5206 or 594-3071.

Possible needs

Throughout the summer, people are encouraged to spend a day with park botanist Kathryn Williams. Volunteers can assist Williams with various projects depending on their interests, physical fitness and available time. Several areas of the park — including the lodge, roadsides, Spruce Lake and Crater Lake’s shore — have exotic plant problems.

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