Learn About the Olympic National Forest Sustainable Recreation Survey | May 4

Learn about the Olympic National Park's new Sustainable Recreation Study. This study will prepare for the next 10+ years of recreational use in ONF.
Dee Ann Kline Dee Ann Kline
Olympia Branch Super Volunteer
April 25, 2022

Join the Olympia Branch on May 4 to learn about the new Sustainable Recreation Study being conducted by the Olympic National Forest (ONF). Ranger Jai Lust, ONF Wilderness and Trails Coordinator, will be presenting on the study, designed to engage the public in the care of trails and gather feedback on individual trail management.

The Olympic National Forest is one of our community's favorite public lands for outdoor recreation. It offers a wide variety of year-round opportunities, from family-friendly day trips to serious mountaineering challenges. ONF includes over 630,000 acres, 5 wilderness areas, 20 developed campgrounds, and 73 trails offering almost 300 miles of hiking and backpacking. The Sustainable Recreation Study offers a win-win solution for people and resources, and a long-term plan for recreation in the Olympic National Forest.

Information Being Gathered

  • Trail-specific opinions and preferences
  • Opinions on facilities accessed at recreation sites 
  • Recreational preferences 
  • Concerns over visitor-caused impacts
  • Ranking of preferences for recreational facilities 
  • Visitation frequencies in the Olympic Peninsula
  • Trailhead community shopping preferences

Survey Methods

The survey will be available online (accessible via website or QR code), as well as in hard copy form. This will be made available to the public in the following ways: 

  • At trailheads (QR code to scan)
  • Forest Service offices to hand out QR code and/or a hardcopy of survey
  • Online at sponsors' and FS websites
  • Trailhead information booths 

Survey Period

  • May 1 – October 1 2022

ONF Sustainable Recreation Study Meeting

Meeting Details

  • Ranger Jai Lust, ONF Wilderness and Trails Coordinator, will be presenting on the Sustainable Recreation Survey
  • Date: May 4, 6:30pm
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia

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