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Denali National Park has its own fixed-wing plane and pilot Justin Wiseman. My supervisor, Geographic Information Systems Specialist Britta Schroeder planned a Structure from Motion flight over the park road. Structure from motion (SfM) is the process of estimating the 3-D structure of a scene...

PART 1: FRAGILITY When you visit Mount Rainier, odds are that you go up to the Paradise area of the park. Known for its showy wildflowers and mountain views, it is one of the most highly visited sections of the park, and has the impacts to...

As a science communication assistant at Olympic National Park, I work with the interpretive ranger team at the Kalaloch Ranger Station information desk and also work on interpretive educational programs. While our adult visitors have many important frequently asked questions ("Where is the nearest gas...

Denali Park Road is closed at mile 43 due to the Pretty Rocks landslide at mile 45.4. The only ways to access the parts of the park west of mile 43 are to hike around the landslide or to take a helicopter or plane. The...

What I think makes Boston Harbor so special is its rich history. The Harbor is home to various archeological sites, restored parks with dark histories, old lighthouses, and areas of deep cultural ties for Native Americans. During my time as an intern, I’ve learned a...

When you live on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean, it's easy to take its natural beauty and resources for granted. You get caught up in the daily routines of your life so much so that you are oblivious to the changes in the...

My biggest fear working in Natural Resource Management isn't getting lost on a hike or getting attacked by a shark. It's not knowing enough information. Not knowing the relevant information is a fear of mine because it means I won't be as useful in the...

This summer, the majority of my work at Mount Rainier National Park involves either Northern spotted owls or native Cascade carnivores. This work has been incredibly exciting and has taken me all around the mountain and beyond. One of the best parts about fieldwork, though,...

A MILLION ACRES IN A WEEK Having pulled into Port Angeles in my mom’s old Jeep Renegade—the first car I’ve ever had that wasn’t older than me—I stood outside my home-away-from-home for the next 20 weeks and looked to my right, admiring the crinkled cobalt mountains...

Mount Rainier is ringed by fields and meadows of subalpine ecosystems. The stark outline of the glaciers and ancient lava flows are an incredible contrast to the mass of color and life that, somewhat surprisingly, thrives at 6,000 feet. In late summer, even after a...