The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest needs to understand community interests and concerns about the forest and access. The Sustainable Roads Cadre is working with the Forest Service to gather public input about its road system.
In 2013, 224 people told us what roads are important to them and why at eight community meetings held in Bellingham, Enumclaw, Everett, Issaquah, Monroe, Seattle and Sedro-Woolley from June 2013 through November 2013. Over 1,800 people provided input via the online questionnaire that was hosted on this blog.
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Sustainable Roads Cadre used a unique science-driven approach developed by the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and Portland State University to understand how people use and value landscapes and resources.
This process creates what’s called “socio-spatial data layers.” These layers, which provide data such as “where do you like to go on the forest” or “what activity do you do on the forest” are incorporated into existing forest digital map data to validate and contribute to the analysis for the Sustainable Roads report. The results provide visual displays of visitor destinations, routes, and show places with special meaning or value as well as identify areas of high impact or conflict. The data measures, assesses and identifies values comparatively.
In addition to incorporating this information into the Sustainable Roads report, it can be used for future recreation and stewardship planning.