With more than 2,500 miles of roads, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has an extensive
road system that supports a variety of public needs, from recreation to resource extraction.
Although the road network is extensive and provides access to far reaches of the Mt.
Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, it is simply too big for the Forest Service to maintain under
current budget resources. Roads are important for whitewater paddlers because they provide
critical access to the rivers we all enjoy but unmaintained roads can limit access and cause
serious water quality issues that affect river health and the quality of the user experience.
Sustainable Roads Analysis. What is it?
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest must identify a more ecologically and financially
sustainable road system by 2015. The Travel Management Rule of
requires all national forests to analyze their roads and propose
transportation systems that meet travel, administrative and resource protection needs within
available budgets. The Sustainable Roads Analysis will help the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National
Forest gather the information necessary to inform and prioritize future decisions about road
projects such as upgrades, closures, decommissioning, and road-to-trail conversions. The
sustainable roads analysis will not result in a decision on specific road projects; the
individual projects will still need to be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Your forest. Your voice.
Realizing the importance of the road system to its visitors, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National
Forest is working with an informal Sustainable Roads Cadre, a diverse group of partners and
stakeholders, to make sure the public has a say about the roads that are important to them and to
let us know why. The cadre represents a variety of user groups ranging from environmental,
hunting, hiking, to off-road vehicles and includes American Whitewater as a member. The cadre
will help the Sustainable Roads Analysis process by publicizing, hosting, and facilitating a
series of public workshops.
While American Whitewater will be completing a formal analysis of roads that are important in
accessing rivers for whitewater recreation, we encourage our members and affiliate clubs to join
the discussion. You can do this in one of two ways:
1) Fill out the online survey.
2) Attend a community meeting. Three upcoming public workshops are scheduled. Participants will
have an opportunity to join in an interactive mapping exercise. Each session is designed to
accomodate up to 48 participants so you need to sign up to reserve a spot.
Reserve Your Spot at a Community Meeting
Sept. 10, 5:30-8 p.m. Bellingham Public Library RSVP
Sept. 24, 1-3:30 p.m. Monroe Public Library RSVP
Oct. 9, 5:30-8 p.m. Everett Firefighters Hall