|**News and Events: Forest Service seeks help on development of recreation sites|
|Thu, June 28, 2007 08:27 AM|
Forest Service seeks help on development of recreation sitesMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is asking for help from people interested in planning the future of Forest Service developed recreation sites. |
The goal of this process, termed the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan, is to help the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest plan and provide quality recreation experiences desirable to the public in the future. Several workshops are planned in the east Puget Sound region, so the public can provide input in identifying the unique characteristics and recreation demands for developed sites located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
The workshops all have identical agendas and will be held in Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, and Algona. Each workshop will provide people with an opportunity to inform forest managers of the recreation experiences they value from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
The dates and locations of these public meetings are:
- July 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., REI Flagship Store, 222 Yale Ave. North,
- July 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Mt. Baker Ranger District, 810 State Route
20, Sedro-Woolley, WA
- July 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Algona-Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Road
Pacific, Algona, WA
"We know that over the years, visitor preferences and demographics have changed and that some sites do not meet visitors' expectations and needs," said Rob Iwamoto, Forest Supervisor. This study will look at the operation and maintenance of the campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, lookouts, visitor centers, and other facilities in the MBS National Forest, to assure that sound economic decisions are made that meet current and future visitor and community recreation needs. "The public responses will help guide the Forest to create a five year action plan focused on the management of developed recreation sites," said Iwamoto. The action plan is expected to be completed by November 2007.
The Forest is reviewing 220 developed recreation sites through a national process called "Recreation Site Facility Master Planning." Every national forest in the nation will complete the RSFMP process by the end of 2007.
RSFMP has three strategic goals:
1. Provide recreation opportunities best suited for each national forest.
2. Operate and maintain recreation sites to meet national quality standards.
3. Eliminate or reduce recreation site deferred (back-log) maintenance.
For more information regarding developed recreation sites on the Mt.
Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, call Dave Redman, 425-744-3274.
For more information on how the public can participate, please review the RSFMP website.