Outdoors Blog

Forest Service discusses public preferences for pending road closures

The people's choices for the most and least popular roads accessing the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest will be unveiled at an evening (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) public meeting Thursday, July 10 at the Bellingham Public Library.

Forest Service representatives will reveal the results of the Sustainable Roads public outreach initiative in which interested citizens were asked to name their five favorite places on the forest including their home districts and the roads that get them there.

USFS managers are planning to use this public input together with other information to decide which roads to close and de-construct in the future as road maintenance budgets continue to shrink. Administrators warn that as much 75 percent of the existing road system may be eliminated. 

You must reserve a seat for this presentation by logging onto the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Web page and checking into the Web page (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/workingtogether/?cid=stelprdb5424231) dealing with meetings to RSVP.

Check out the USFS Website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/home/?cid=STELPRDB5423889 or call 425 783-6000 or 800 627-0062 for more.