With its 50th
edition published in 1998, Nature Notes from Crater Lake has
proven to be an effective means of communicating resource issues and
values to park visitors. The publication appears annually and often
features new discoveries important In resource
Interpreting resource management with publications is
a challenge for staff in many parks. Peer-reviewed journals make
important contributions to knowledge in a given field but reach a
limited audience. Park newspapers, by contrast, are seen by thousands of
visitors each year but lack the space to convey the importance of
ongoing projects without oversimplification. Furthermore, information
about resource management in newspapers competes with other types of
messages. Articles appearing near the back of the newspaper may be
perceived as relatively unimportant.
Publications sold through cooperating associations
can play a vital role in communicating resource values and issues to
visitors. Yet association offerings are dominated by commercial
publications because of the need to generate sales. Since these items
usually focus on only the most recognized features of a given area, the
range of topics considered economically viable in small and medium-sized
parks is limited. However, park staff can reach the public directly with
publications by cooperating associations. Nature Notes from Crater
Lake is one such example, and has proven to be an excellent way of
putting new discoveries and the significance of ongoing resource
management before the visiting public.
Published annually by the Crater Lake Natural History
Association, Nature Notes typically features 8-10 short articles.
Recent articles include "A Furry Encounter" with a flying squirrel, a
closer look at the "True Firs of Crater Lake National Park," and
"Understanding the Bimodal Eruptions of Mount Mazama." The authors are
resource management staff and other individuals knowledgeable about
natural resources in the area. Each article is reviewed by subject
experts to ensure the accuracy of the information. Although somewhat
eclectic, Nature Notes is popular with those who repeatedly visit
Crater Lake. It is an inexpensive publication that highlights important
information about resources and their management and thereby enhances
visits, even first-time visits, to the park.
The 50th issue of Nature Notes from Crater
Lake appeared in 1998, but the series has a pedigree stretching back
to 1928. After a hiatus lasting three decades, a 1992 symposium
celebrating the park's 90th anniversary brought about a revived
publication that has appeared every year since then. Copies of the most
recent issues of Nature Notes are available at the two Crater
Lake Natural History Association outlets in the park.
represent a valuable and entertaining, ongoing record, all articles in
volumes since 1928 are readily accessible online. The indices allow you
to access all issues, by volume number, volume/title, or author. It
should be noted that there were no Nature Notes published between
the years 1939-1945 and 1957-1991.
reprint/repost any of the Nature Notes articles, it is
permissible provided credit is given to the author(s), the publication,
and Crater Lake Natural History Association.
Cover of First Issue
Cover of Centennial Issue
Nature Notes is sponsored by the Crater Lake Natural History
Association in cooperation with the National Park Service.
This article originally appeared in Natural
Resource Year in Review 1998 titled "Nature Notes Highlights Park
Resource Information for Crater Lake Visitors" by Steve Mark, Park
Historian and Editor of Nature Notes, Crater Lake National Park,