Gifford Pinchot seeks input on road plan

Staff reportMarch 9, 2014 

National forest The public will have the chance to comment on efforts by Gifford Pinchot National Forest staffers to create an economically and ecologically sustainable forest road system.

Forest officials will hold a meeting March 18 at forest headquarters that will be available by video teleconference at other sites, including the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District Office in Randle.

The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m.

“We have done a lot of work in the past year seeking to understand what people said in six community meetings and the information they provided through a questionnaire last fall,” Tracy Calizon, community engagement staff officer, said in a news release. “Now it’s time to share what we learned and validate our findings. We also want to update the public on the overall Travel Management Planning process, and highlight how they can continue to contribute to the analysis.”

Meeting participants will be asked to help the forest identify a sustainable road network for the future, while keeping in mind a declining road-maintenance budget and economic and ecological impacts.

A questionnaire that is part of the assessment process is available on the forest website at fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/landmanagement/?cid=stelprdb5388890. The questionnaire will be available until April 30.

The meeting will take place at Forest Headquarters, 10600 NE 51 Circle, Vancouver, Wash. Video teleconferencing participation also will be available the Mount Adams Ranger District office in Trout Lake, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offices in Amboy. Space is limited at these viewing locations.

The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District office is at 10024 U.S. Highway 12, Randle.

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