Forest roads in Upper Nooksack focus of Whatcom County meetings

The U.S. Forest Service wants feedback from the public as the agency takes a closer look at roads in the Upper Nooksack area of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The agency will hold two public meetings this week in Whatcom County on its draft environmental assessment for its roads plan.

Glacier Creek, Canyon Creek and Hannegan roads are part of this assessment.

Meetings are set for:

▪ 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road.

▪  6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Dome Room of the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave.

The agency said it has enough money to maintain just a quarter of the 2,500 miles of roads in the forest. Less maintenance creates problems that include environmental degradation from roads slumping into rivers.

This assessment is part of the agency’s efforts to balance budget, access and impacts on the land, officials said.

The agency is expected to finalize its decision this spring, and that could mean improving some roads and decommissioning others.

Find more information, including how to comment online, by going to www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbs and scrolling down the page to “recent news.”