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Information meetings set to discuss forest roads

Stevenson meeting set for Feb. 21 at Rock Creek Center.

The public is invited to help the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with a roads analysis process that will help identify an affordable roads system that meets public, and resource needs.

A series of meetings will be held to give input to help with this process. This review of the current Forest road system will help forest staff meet future administrative objectives.

Three meetings, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each of the three nights, will be held in February to provide additional information about this process, they are scheduled for:

Feb. 19, Morton

Feb. 20, Gifford Pinchot Headquarters in Vancouver.

Feb. 21, Rock Creek Recreation Center in Stevenson.

The objective of the roads analysis process is to assist forest staff in managing a road system that is safe and responsive to public needs and desires, is affordable and reduces adverse environmental effects.

The results of this analysis will help the forest set priorities for road maintenance funds and make recommendations for future uses and needs for forest roads.

This process will not result in any immediate closure or decommissioning of Forest roads.

Roads analysis will provide information that will be used to update the current Forest Access and Travel Management Plan.

Forest personnel at these meetings will provide information, answer questions and ask for comments to be used in this analysis process.

A series of follow-up meetings will take place this spring near the end of the process.

For questions about the Forests road analysis effort, contact Buddy Rose with the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at (360) 497-1138.


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