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Hiker Headlines: Photo Contest, Road to Artist Point Open, Planes in Parks, National Park News

Posted by cwakenshaw at Aug 19, 2021 11:34 AM |

WTA’s annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is open. Highway 542 is open all the way to Artist Point for the first time this summer. Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks want input on their Air Tour Management Plans. The White House plans to nominate a new director for the National Park Service. All national parks are requiring face masks in all indoor spaces and outdoors where distancing is not possible, a good rule to remember if you visit on Aug. 25, for the upcoming fee-free day.

It’s August 19. WTA’s annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is open. Highway 542 is open all the way to Artist Point for the first time this summer. Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks want input on their Air Tour Management plans. The White House plans to nominate a new director for the National Park Service. All national parks are requiring face masks in all indoor spaces and outdoors where distancing isn’t possible, a good rule to remember if you visit on Aug. 25, for the upcoming fee-free day. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.

A photographer takes a picture of a mountain sunset.
This photo won first place in last year's Hikers in Action category of the photo contest. Photo by John Duong. 

Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is open: WTA’s annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is open. Submit your outdoor photography by October 18 for the chance to win prizes and be featured online and in our calendar. Categories include trailscapes, hikers in action, flora and fauna, trail family and photos submitted through Instagram.

Highway 542 open to Artist Point: The final stretch of Highway 542 is now open to vehicles. This portion of road has been closed to vehicles while crews worked on repairing an old retaining wall. Oversized vehicles such as RVs are advised to park before the repair area, at Terminal Lake parking lot, since they will not be able to pass due to a narrow corner resulting from the repairs.

National Park air tour planning: Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks are looking for your feedback on their Air Tour Management plans, which dictate what commercial air tours over the parks will look like for years to come. These plans will solidify existing standards that relate to training and education, route, altitude, and time of day. They will also give the parks the ability to establish no-fly periods. Do you have thoughts on commercial air travel up and around the parks? Provide your feedback by August 28!

Nominee for National Park Service Director: The White House recently announced plans to nominate Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III as the next Director of the National Park Service. Sams is an enrolled member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla, both tribes part of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. If confirmed he would be the first enrolled Tribal member to hold this position.

Masks are back in National Parks: The National Park Service is requiring all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces and outdoors when social distancing is not possible such as narrow trails and busy viewpoints.

Happy birthday National Park Service: The park service will celebrate its 105th birthday on August 25. In honor of this holiday, entrance fees will be waived at national parks, state parks, and lands managed by the Washington State Departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife.   


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