Washington Ponders Volcanic National Park

The rally is to begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center.
This weekend is also National Parks Family Day, just in time to plan those summer vacations. This year’s free NPCA event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. South in Seattle, where representatives from national parks and monuments will share information about their sites.
Despite the federal budget crisis, Smith says, the park system has survived – in part, because of the advocacy of its many fans.
“We’re even seeing some legislation to expand the national park system, even given these tough economic times. So, they’ve done pretty well, but there also are a number of assaults and challenges that they face.”
One challenge this spring, he says, has been legislation in Congress to require more parks to allow hunting and recreational shooting.
The National Parks Conservation Association turns 93 this weekend.