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by chrisca
October 31st, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: FS Gorge Sustainable Trails Survey due November 7
Replies: 7
Views: 393

FS Gorge Sustainable Trails Survey due November 7

The Forest Service has finally issued a survey to the hiking community that was previously circulated among "stakeholder groups." This is your chance to comment on what you want to see in the Gorge trail system, but it's under a very tight deadline. Find the PDF at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/F...
by chrisca
October 21st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 1400

Re: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

So while the FLREA requires local distribution (to a site or an "area" - is the CRGNSA not an "area"?), 20-40% of the fees can still be appropriated into the broader agency budget. But it sounds like your contention is that since the FS either ties its fee collection to the individual sites (ie, TH...
by chrisca
October 20th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 1400

Re: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

It's on page 3 of the position statement, in coded language: "1. The Plan’s current approach is to meet recreation demand with more supply; constructing more recreation sites. Are there other considerations that could be added to the RIC Guidelines to respond to demand without necessarily building m...
by chrisca
October 19th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 1400

Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

The Forest Service is working on a response to the Gorge Commission's 2020 Management Plan draft. The first draft asked for more trails in the Gorge to address crowding. The Forest Service (FS) is pushing back on this idea, asking instead for alternatives such as quotas and fees to deter visitation....
by chrisca
June 22nd, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Gorge sustainable trail co-visioning event June 27: Hiker participation needed
Replies: 0
Views: 365

Gorge sustainable trail co-visioning event June 27: Hiker participation needed

Recently, the Forest Service conducted a stakeholder survey of nonprofits, tribes, and government agencies about needs for a sustainable trail network in the Columbia Gorge. They will present results of the survey on Thursday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Locks Marine Park Pavilio...
by chrisca
May 21st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 4306

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The argument will not be won or lost here. It's going on all around us, and many are talking about the issue of social media impact on fragile natural areas. In time, we will watch this play out. I claim we will end up someday controlling how sharing is done online after enough damage is done to mak...
by chrisca
May 21st, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 4306

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

So, are you against regulating fire, motorized vehicles, hunting, unpermitted camping, harvesting wild plants for sale on public land, et cetera? The Internet is another technology no different from others we've needed to regulate to protect natural areas from exploitation. It may not be regulated t...
by chrisca
May 20th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 4306

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

I'll also leave this with everyone to see why the Internet is a different animal from traditional paper-based methods of sharing trail information. Copying is free, unlimited, and has a reach that's enabled by the viral replication the web provides. So the information from one page ends up somewhere...
by chrisca
May 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 4306

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Good discussion here, I hope land managers and nonprofits take a look (also, in the mirror.) One thing I want to note is that there is criticism of the damage I've documented saying "It's not that bad." The point is, it's not that bad yet. It's significantly worsened in only three years or so. In an...
by chrisca
May 20th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 4306

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The shuttle IS a limit. There are a limited number of trips per day, in a limited size bus, with limited hours of service. I heard it directly from a Forest Service staffer who had input into the decision. Summit damage was a big consideration in limiting access, as was safety at the parking lot. Oh...