National Parks: Under the Weather

National parks face serious storm damage.

Powerful storms battered the Pacific Northwest in 2006. Our parks were devastated. Bridges were gone, roads had been washed out, trails simply disappeared. NPCA immediately took actions and formed a coalition to facilitate park restoration. Without political action and the help of volunteers it may take may take years, even decades to fix.

Our design challenge was to communicate the gravity of the situation and inspire people to act. The deep blue hues in the color scheme denote the ominous effects of nature. The bright green signals the hope of renewal.

Alluring photographs juxtapose the majestic with the catastrophic. Doely and Geyer capture the grandeur of Olympic, Rainier, and North Cascade national parks. The Park Service’s photos depict the devastation and the information graphics highlight those areas. Our simplistic approach to cartography clearly conveys  landmarks and park boundaries. You can connect each photo with its location on the park map. This makes the destruction real and relevant. Every aspect of the exhibit emphasizes the need for help.

It's time to take action to help restore our parks!

This event along with other community outreach inspired record volunteer participation with more than 2,000 people taking part in events that restored roads, trails, and campgrounds at the parks. This work saved the National Park Service approximately $2 million in expenses.

The exhibition looks GREAT! Thanks for all your hard work on pulling this all together.
—Shane Farnor, Program and Volunteer Manager, National Parks Conservation Association