We have an opportunity to positively shape the future of Mount St. Helens and the federal government’s ability to provide the public with meaningful enjoyment of the volcano.
Over the last several years, the U.S. Forest Service has struggled to maintain monument roads, visitor centers, and area trails. Monument funding has barely increased the past five years; as such visitation has dropped significantly during this time. If Mount St. Helens remains under Forest Service management its likely visitation will remain stagnant, the state economy will see small benefit and facility improvements will be small.
However, transferring Mount St. Helens to the national park system will likely address all these problems as well as potentially provide resources for fish and wildlife management, invasive species control and expanded marketing potential.
Elevating Mount St. Helens to a national park would generate significant benefits for the volcano’s resources and wildlife, its gateway communities and the state.
- Local View: If national park, volcano could boost economy, The Columbian, October 21, 2012
- University of Washington Student Report Finds 33% Success Rate of Mount St Helens Management, NPCA Press Release, September 18, 2012
- Mt. St. Helens Struggles for National Park Status, E-The Environmental Magazine, August 05, 2012
- Herrera Beutler delays decision whether to support Mount St. Helens national park study, The Daily News, July 9, 2012
- In our view: No to Drilling near the volcano, The Columbian, July 3, 2012
- Mount St. Helens deserves national park status , The Oregonian, May 18, 2012
- Managing a monument is no walk in the park , The Daily News Online, May 18, 2012
- Mountain Transformed: Thirty years after the blast, Mount St. Helens is reborn again, National Geographic, May 2010
- What would John Muir do? , Oregon Live, March 4, 2009
National Parks Article
- From the Ashes, National Parks, Spring 2009