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National Public Lands Day
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:02

By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief

Klahowya Brothers,

For the past two months, you have all been subject to my incessant badgering about National Public Lands Day; therefore, it is only right that I inform you as to how it went.

We conducted two service projects on September 24th, one from 9:00-12:00 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, and another from 10:00-1:00 at the Newhalem Campground of North Cascades National Park. This was a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our obligation to cheerful service and give back to the National Park Service who has so faithfully preserved America's natural treasures for exactly 100 years.

In North Cascades, we cleaned out fire pits and picked up trash in loop A of the campsite (upholding the park's reputation as having the cleanest campsites in Washington State), and in Olympic, we deconstructed a ruined amphitheater by tearing out old benches, made new benches to replace the old and torn down ones, and helped clear brush encroaching on the trails and drainage systems. Members of the WTA and other organizations were also present at Olympic National Park and helped with the projects. Park rangers in both parks were very impressed with the cheerful service, and would be glad to work with us again.

On top of this, both parks were presented with thank you gifts for their service in the form of lodge neckerchiefs affixed to boards signed by all arrowmen in attendance. This too was received very well.

Unfortunately, only four of our brothers (Jacob G, Patrick Rendt, Logan G, and Aaron Tate) turned out to serve at Olympic National Park and only myself turned out for North Cascades. It is my sincerest hope that we make stronger our commitment to service in the future. I will be working with the chapters nearest to these parks to conduct service projects for them over the coming year.

I must give a heartfelt thanks to Patrick Rendt and Jacob G for leading the Olympic operation, my advisor Dwight Thompson for his guidance, and the volunteer coordinators at both parks--Jason Bordelon for North Cascades and Heather Stephens at Olympic--for their work and generosity.

WWW,

Reidar Kelstrup

Service Vice-Chief

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge

 

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