Item: Avalanches in national park planning
Title: Avalanches in national park planning
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: E. Burr
Abstract: Avalanches are as basic to planning in snowy mountains as floods are to planning in river valleys. In National Parks, however, it is the job of planning to preserve not only human safety but the integrity of the park's biology, including avalanches and the ecosystems dependent upon them. One simple solution is to control avalanches that threaten life and property outside the wilderness and let avalanches run inside the wilderness. However, this solution sometimes fails at the wilderness boundaries where the prose and cons of access methods (roads vs tramways) must be weighed, taking into account park preservation as well as avalanche control. The author is studying the planning at the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park which has a road crossed by 10 major avalanche paths, a lift skiing area that could expand into avalanche terrain, nordic skiing that certainly will, and potential for aerial tramway sites that could influence both snow safety and planning for retention of natural avalanche ecology.
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Keywords: terrain, aerial tramway sites, control, safety
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