Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The U.S. Forest Service invites the public to an Open House to discuss recreation use in the Coyote Wall (Syncline), Burdoin Mountain and Catherine Creek areas of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
The Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the White Salmon Library.
The Forest Service has purchased several thousand acres of land since 1987 in this area. The area has become very popular for recreation use, particularly for hikers and mountain bikers.
Numerous user trails have developed. The trails are located on a mix of public and private lands. Soil erosion is visible in areas. No formal trailheads exist, so users park along wide spots along roads.
Ultimately, the Forest Service would like to formalize a trail system in the area, with recognized trailheads. We are undertaking a plan to recognize and address current uses, to ensure use is consistent and appropriate for the resources to be protected, and to formally adopt and authorize a recognized multi-use non-motorized trail system providing a variety of recreation experiences at a range of skill levels. The trail system would be sustainable (minimize resource damage) and respect private property.
At the Oct. 4 Open House, forest service employees will share knowledge of the area, including sensitive resource areas, and gather your ideas.
For more information, please contact Stan Hinatsu, recreation program manager, at (541) 308-1708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.