Haleakala National Park Forests

Upper Kipahulu Valley consists of two moderately sloping valleys, or broad expanses, each bounded by steep sidewalls and separated by a central pali-escarpment. In 1967 a group of scientists sponsored by The Nature Conservancy made a preliminary exploration of the remote valley. They discovered rare native Hawaiian birds, one previously considered extinct (the Nukupuu), and made sightings of the very rare Maui Parrotbill. Ninety percent of the plants they recorded were native. They found 75 species of ferns and fern-allies, all but one native to Hawaii, and recorded a dozen species of native lobelias, all unique to Hawaii. They concluded that the valley was outstanding from a botanical and ecological standpoint and should be preserved.

Through effort of TNC and Laurance Rockefeller Kipahulu was added to Haleakala National Park. The upper valley is currently managed as a scientific preserve with entry restricted to resource managers and scientists conducting management and studies deemed necessary for preservation of Kipahulu's native ecosystems

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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.