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jim putman 12-20-2012 12:04 PM

Gifford Pinchot questioneer
QUESTIONNAIRE – please mail by December 31, 2012 10600 NE 51 Cir. Vancouver, WA
Public Access Needs on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Roads
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is working with Pinchot Partners and South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative groups to gather public input on a forest roads analysis. The National Forest Service Travel Management Rule requires forests to identify sustainable forest road systems by 2015. In order to meet this requirement, the Forest is completing a roads analysis responsive to ecological, economic and social concerns. This questionnaire is an alternative way to provide access needs input used in the roads analysis. Your answers to the following questions will be used to better describe existing conditions, which would then lead to identifying issues and key public concerns. The next step in the analysis will be to integrate access needs with environmental risks and expected budgets. The outcome of the roads analysis will identify opportunities for changes to the road system, and be carried forward to inform future decisions regarding management of the Forest’s transportation system. Please print and answer the following list of questions on public access needs and mail a hard-copy by Dec. 31, 2012 to c/o Ken Sandusky 10600 NE 51 Cir. Vancouver, WA 98682.
1. Do you limit your travel to paved roads to reach your destination areas within the GPNF?
2. For each of your destination areas, please list the road number(s) used to access the areas and your intended activity (e.g., hiking, hunting, firewood cutting, forest product collection, etc.). If road number is not known, describe your starting location and destination area.
3. Please list any roads you may be aware of causing erosion or other resource problems. Use a map to list road number, problem and specific road location details (milepost if known).
4. In the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, do you use roads closed to wheeled-motorized access for non-motorized activities or over-snow activities? If so, what roads closed to wheeled motorized use do you use and for what activities do you use them? For each road you list, give the road number and use (e.g., hiking, hunting, firewood collecting, snowmobiling, etc.).
5. Opportunities to convert roads to trails exist for some roads recommended for closure or decommission, dependent upon resource risks and funding considerations. If there are roads or road segments you would like to have considered for conversion to trails (either motorized or non-motorized), please list specific road and type of activity for which you would use the road.
6. Please include any additional comments here.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Please mail a hard-copy by Dec. 31, 2012 to c/o Ken Sandusky 10600 NE 51 Cir. Vancouver, WA 98682. For more information or questions, contact Ken Sandusky at

Art Waugh 12-20-2012 01:15 PM

This is the start of the next round of closures. The idea this time is to get down to a level that is maintainable with the budget allocated. Look for most ML 4&5 roads to stay open, probably most ML3's to remain, and a lot of ML 2's to go away.

Scream loud now, you notice that it is all how do you use what is already closed, and what is not needed.

This will be coming to a forest near you very soon, on high speed rail, prepare to get run over.

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