Haleakala National Park Environmental Factors

Rainforests on Haleakala's steep windward slopes receive as much as 120 inches of annual rainfall. These forests are stable and enduring when not ravaged by non-native pigs and goats. Ungulate rooting and grazing quickly breaks down the native plant cover triggering devastating erosion. Landscape scale erosion in tropical mountain slopes devastates both the native biodiversity and the island's precious groundwater reserve.

Yet, Haleakala upper elevations are now free of pigs and goats, and the park serves as a core area in the East Maui Watershed Partnership to protect this native rainshed and its groundwater from ungulate destruction.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.