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.
Sustainable Roads Analysis. What is it?
The Travel Management Rule of 2005 requires all national forests to analyze their roads and propose transportation systems that meet travel, administrative and resource protection needs within available budgets by 2015. To meet this requirement, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest development the Sustainable Roads Strategy (Strategy) to identify a more ecologically and financially sustainable road system by 2015. The Sustainable Roads Analysis informed the Strategy and helped the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest gather the information necessary to make future decisions about road projects such as upgrades, closures, decommissioning, and road-to-trail conversions.
Before proceeding with any future road projects, the Forest Service is required to conduct National Environmental Policy Act analyses.
Realizing the importance of the road system to its visitors, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest worked 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 is hosting this blog and will providing a wealth of information and updates on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest’s Sustainable Roads analysis and strategy. If you have any questions about this blog, please contact Kitty Craig with The Wilderness Society.