Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is the latest addition to the University of California Natural Reserve System. The 41 units of the UCNRS represent virtually every ecosystem in this ecologically diverse state and make it the largest university affiliated preserve system in the world. 

Dave talks to UC Davis's Jeffrey Clary, who will be charged with administering the Lassen Field Station and park Superintendent Jim Richardson as they discuss how and why Lassen Park, one of the most scientifically valuable units in the National Park System, was chosen as a field site for UC researchers and their students.

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We head up the road this week in search of cool once again. To the mountains this time—lonely Lassen Volcanic National Park, fully accessible only in summer and early fall.

But do cultivate a better sense of direction than the park’s namesake, Danish immigrant Peter Lassen. According to a journal entry by his friend, Gen. John Bidwell, Lassen “was a singular man, very industrious, very ingenious, and very fond of pioneering—in fact, of the latter, very stubbornly so. He had great confidence in his own power as a woodsman, but, strangely enough, he always got lost.” This almost led to his lynching on at least one occasion, when he confused Lassen and Shasta peaks while guiding a party of immigrants westward, taking them more than 200 miles out of their way. Oops.

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We’ve been talking about doing something different this summer, something meaningful, personal, local. Tracing old highway routes with help from the 1939 WPA Guide to California. Volunteering to build trails and restore habitat. Following a personal passion. We wrap up this conversation by focusing on local heritage tourism—different aspects of our collective identity.

Cultural heritage includes it all—history and other special-interest museums, art galleries, performances of all kinds. If you have particular cultural interests, plan your summer travel accordingly.

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In honor of the 100th birthday of our National Parks system, this week we head up the road to the alpine wilderness of Lassen Volcanic National Park—an international wonder, right here, that too few of us enjoy. Name any other national park where you can usually just show up in summer and grab a campsite.

Blue Dot 11: 100 Years Of National Parks

Apr 14, 2016
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This years marks the centennial of the National Park Service. This week on Blue Dot, we speak with some of the kind folks who work to keep some of our nearby national parks pristine and available to the public. Karen Haner is Chief of Interpretation and Education at Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Craig Ackerman is superintendent at Crater Lake National Park

The road through the Lassen Volcanic National Park is open once again. It had been closed from the devastated area to the Kings Creek trailhead due to mud flows leaving debris in the roadway Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Crews were working to clear the road and had the highway open Thursday afternoon.

After shooting impressive columns of steam skyward for nearly a year, a major eruption 100 years ago Friday shattered Lassen Peak’s 27,000 years of slumber.

The eruption sent a plume 30,000 feet in the air, that witnesses reported seeing 150 miles away in Eureka. Volcanic ash rained down on Winnemucca, 200 miles to the east. A pyroclastic flow of pumice, gases and debris augmented by melted snow thundered into nearby mountain valleys. Steve Zachary is an Education Specialist with Lassen Volcanic National Park.