The Olympic National Forest is hosting open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest. This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable road system that meets diverse access needs, minimizes environmental harm, and is safe and dependable because it is scaled to available resources.
“Your participation will help us understand your access needs,” said Forest Supervisor Reta Laford. “It would be particularly helpful to know what areas you use on the Forest and what roads you use to get there.”
The open houses will be held around the Olympic Peninsula during the summer of 2014.
|July 30||4:00 – 7:00 p.m.||Quinault – Olympic National Forest, Quinault Ranger Station • 353 South Shore Rd.|
|August 19||4:00 – 7:00 p.m.||Shelton – Shelton Civic Center • 525 West Cota St.|
|August 21||4:00 – 7:00 p.m.||Aberdeen – Rotary Log Pavilion •1401 Sargent Blvd.|
|August 27||4:00 – 7:00 p.m.||Olympia – Olympic National Forest, Supervisor’s Office •1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW|
In addition to attending open houses, the public may provide comments using the web-based map or on-line questionnaire on the Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/olympic/sustainableroads. Questionnaires are also available at any Olympic National Forest office. Comments will be taken until August 31, 2014.
Approximately 2,000 miles of roads on the Olympic National Forest provide access for resource management, recreation, and a variety of other uses. About 1,200 miles are open to motorized vehicles and 600 miles are closed, that may be opened intermittently for resource management.
As part of a National effort, we are conducting a road system analysis to identify the minimum road system needed “for travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of National Forest System lands” [36 CFR 212.5(b), Forest Service Manual 7710, Forest Service Handbook 7709.55(20)].
By the Fall of 2015, we will integrate agency and public input to produce a travel analysis report that will provide the basis for developing future proposed actions for travel management.
Your participation will help us understand your access needs! Learn how to help.