Pinchot National Forest to gather public input on a forest roads analysis. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
(GPNF) is working with Pinchot Partners and South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative groups on this effort.
The National Forest Service Travel Management Rule requires forests to identify sustainable forest road systems
In order to meet this requirement, the GPNF is completing a roads analysis responsive to ecological,
economic and social concerns. “As public land managers trusted with maintaining a road system on this forest, it
is very important to gather information on public road use and access needs in order to move towards a more
durable and sustainable road network,” said Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor, Janine Clayton.
To enhance public engagement, the Collaborative Groups are taking a facilitative role, helping the forest gather
public input on road use, access and other road-related information. “I very much appreciate the collaborative
groups, “Clayton said. “Their involvement in the roads analysis will help us gather useful public input.”
Public input concerning access will be used to better describe existing conditions, which would then lead to
identifying issues and key public concerns.
The next step in the analysis will be to integrate access needs with environmental risks and expected budgets. The outcome of the roads analysis will identify opportunities for changes to the road system, and be carried forward to inform future decisions regarding management of the forest transportation system. There will be future opportunities for public input under NEPA.
The current series of public meetings are scheduled for the purpose of gathering information on access needs
for completion of the roads analysis. Please consider attending any of the following public meetings where
small-group participation will be used to collect information on access needs. Meetings will occur:
Sept. 18, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Yale School Gym 11842 Lewis river Rd. Ariel, WA 98603
Sept. 20, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the White Salmon Fire Hall 119 NE Church St. White Salmon, WA 98672
Sept. 26, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Forest HQ 10600 NE 51 Cir. Vancouver, WA 98682
Oct. 1, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the Randle Fire Hall 9978 U.S. 12 Randle, WA 98377
Oct. 4, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Stevenson Rock Creek Auditorium in Stevenson, WA
Oct. 18, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Centralia Community College Cafeteria in the Student Center 600 Centralia
College Blvd. Centralia, WA 98531
A questionnaire is available through Dec. 31, 2012 as an alternative way to provide input to the GPNF roads
analysis. The questionnaire can be found here:
Please print, fill out and mail hard-copy questionnaires to c/o Ken Sandusky 10600 NE 51 Cir. Vancouver, WA
98682 by Dec. 31, 2012.