Advocacy Update: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Schedules Roads Meetings
Rough forest roads can make it challenging to reach trails. The Gifford-Pinchot National Forest is preparing to share a management plan that will prioritize road infrastructure.
It's no secret to hikers that forest roads can be a little on the rough side, making it challenging to reach some trailheads. This is especially apparent trying to navigate some of the trail access roads within Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, which stretches south along the Cascades between Mount Rainier and the Columbia River Gorge.
The National Forest Service has heard from hikers on the issue and is preparing to share a management plan that will prioritize road infrastructure and maintenance on forest roads.Three meetings have been scheduled for late May where Forest Service officials will discuss the report and receive comments from the community. The report is now available at the Forest's website.
The Columbian reports that the report "is part of a 2005 Travel Management Rule and requires forests to provide a road system that is financially and environmentally sustainable and can be maintained realistically."
Learn about the plan and give your comments
Meetings will be held across southwest Washington on the following dates:
May 27, 6 p.m.
Randle Fire Hall
U.S. Highway 12, Randle
May 28, 6 p.m.
10600 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver
WTA asks Forest Service to prioritize roads to trailheads
During the public comment period in 2013, WTA communicated concern over declining roads access to popular trailheads including the gravel road (FR 4109) to the Silver Star Trail where travelers needed a high clearance vehicle to reach the parking area.
Learn more about becoming a trail advocate
WTA will be hosting a Hiker Potluck on May 27 at Lewisville Regional Park in Battle Ground where staff will be available to answer questions about issues facing hikers. This is also an opportunity to learn about the Dark Divide, an under-utilized but incredibly scenic space also faced with road access issues.
RSVP for the Hiker Potluck here.