Martin Luther King jr. Day – Recreation fees waived on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Everett, Wash. Jan. 13, 2014—The U.S. Forest Service is giving visitors to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest a free pass for Martin Luther King Day. Fees will be waived at more than 74 day-use sites on the forest Jan. 20.
Fee-free days the Forest Service will participate in this year are:
• Feb. 15-17, Presidents Day Weekend
• June 7, National Trails Day
• June 14, National Get Outdoors Day
• Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day
• Nov. 8-11, Veterans Day Weekend
The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Check trail and road conditions or call the Forest Service office you plan to visit for more information. 

Forest Roads: The future

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service,
Everett, Wash., June 10, 2013—Each year five million people visit the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. They drive forest roads to get to their destinations, to experience spectacular vistas at places such as Big Four Ice Caves, Mt. Baker, Heather Meadows, Skagit Wild and Scenic River and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. But what does the future hold for these beloved places?
Approximately 2,500 miles of roads crisscross the forest, from the Canadian border to the Mt. Rainier National Park on the western Cascades.  The Forest Service can afford to maintain about a quarter of them.
Guided by mandates in the 2005 Travel Management Rule, each national forest must identify a road system by 2015 within budget for safe travel, use, administration and resource protection.  To complete this report, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest staff wants to find out what roads are important to the public and why.
Eight meetings are scheduled June through October in Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Issaquah, Bellingham, Enumclaw, Monroe and Everett. Those who do not attend a meeting will be able to give their input online­­­­­­­­.   Partners and stakeholders representing a broad range of interests, from environmental, timber industry to off-road vehicle groups, have formed a “Sustainable Roads Cadre” to engage the public in the process. 
A science-driven approach developed by the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and Portland State University will be used to understand how people use and value landscapes and resources. Social scientists from the lab will guide meeting participants in using maps to identify places of significance and assign values or activities associated with them.  
This process creates socio-spatial layers that will be incorporated into digital map data to contribute to the report and can be used for future recreation and stewardship planning.  The results will provide visual displays of visitor destinations, routes, and show places with special meaning or value. 
The forest will share the results with the public in the late fall after the report is compiled and analyzed.  No decisions will be made.  Before doing road upgrades, closures, decommissioning or road conversions to trail, the forest will execute the National Environmental Policy Analysis.
“The future is uncertain. But that doesn’t mean we can afford to stand back and let circumstances dictate our decisions for us. This analysis will guide us, in a holistic forest-wide approach, choosing the roads we can afford to keep open,” said Jennifer Eberlien, forest supervisor. 
RSVP to, capacity is limited and attendance is on a first-come basis.
June 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 noon
July 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 noon
July 23, 5:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 6, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Aug. 21, 4:30-7 p.m.
Sept. 10, 5:30-8 p.m.
Sept. 24, 1-3:30 p.m.
Oct. 9, 5:30-8 p.m.

Do You Hike? Want to Help Get Rid of Noxious Weeds?

Become a Weed Watcher
Everett, Wash. May 14, 2013 – Uncontrolled, weeds like oxeye daisy can monopolize alpine meadows, English ivy will cover forest canopies and Japanese knotweed will choke creek-side vegetation. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Washington Department of Natural Resources have teamed up with the Mountaineers  and King County Noxious Weed Program to train volunteers to find invasive plants on trails.  Hikers are needed to monitor trails for infestations in theMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest’s designated wilderness areas and in the Middle Fork and South Fork Snoqualmie valleys of King County.  Classes will train Weed Watchers how to identify invasive species, record and collect data with GPS units and control some weeds.  The volunteers will choose which trails they want to “adopt” in a particular area this summer.
Wilderness Weed Watchers Training  – June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Darrington Ranger Station, 1405 Emens Avenue North, Darrington, WA
Wilderness Weed Watchers Training –  June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Glacier Public Service Station, 10091 Mt. Baker Hwy, Glacier, WA
Upper Snoqualmie & Wilderness Weed Watchers Training –  June 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. –
Snoqualmie Ranger Station, Back Conference Hall, 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, Wash. 98045
To join the Upper Snoqualmie Weed Watchers contact Sasha Shaw at 206-263-6468.   Volunteers can register to train for the Wilderness Lakes Wilderness Weed Watchers on the Mountaineers website  and contact Sarah Krueger  for more information at 206-521-6012.
The National Forest Foundation provided a grant to inventory weeds in the Mt. Baker, Noisy-Diosbud, Boulder River, Henry M. Jackson, Clearwater and Norse Peak Wilderness Areas.  Learn more about noxious weeds, workshops and events from the King County website.