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Jessi Loerch | jloerch@heraldnet.com
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Help guide the future of Forest Service roads

  • A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.

Do you like to hike? If so, you probably make good use of forest roads. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of meetings to get input on what roads should be maintained. There is also an online questionnaire to help guide the decision.

The forest has about 2,500 miles of roads -- from the Canadian border to Mount Rainier National Park -- but can only afford to maintain about a quarter of them. A sustainable, affordable solution must be determined by 2015.

The Sustainable Roads Cadre, a group of more than 20 organizations, is trying to gauge which roads are important to the public, and why. You can learn more and fill out the questionnaire here.

A series of public meetings is coming up. The first is on Saturday in Seattle. The first in Snohomish County is Aug. 21 in Darrington.

The schedule:

  • June 29, 10 a.m.-12:30, Seattle, REI downtown
  • July 9, 10 a.m.-12:30, Sedro-Woolley, Mount Baker District office
  • July 23, 5:30-8 p.m., Issaquah Main Fire Station office
  • Aug. 6, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Enumclaw Public Library
  • Aug. 21, 4:30-7 p.m., Darrington Public Library
  • Sept. 10, 5:30-8 p.m., Bellingham Public Library
  • Sept. 24, 1-3:30 p.m., Monroe Public Library
  • Oct. 9, 5:30-8 p.m., Everett Public Library downtown
If you'd like to attend one of the meetings, RSVP at sustainableroads@gmail.com. Space at the meetings is limited.

Get more details here.

In related news, the Forest Service is also looking for feedback on the Green Mountain fire lookout. The plan for the lookout is to use a helicopter to move it to a different peak. Read more in our story here.

Story tags » Outdoor RecreationForest Service

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