Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) was an exciting year for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (MSHNVM) on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Employees and partners continue finding creative and innovative ways to breathe new life into the Monument. Specifically focusing efforts on goals set forth in the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), the Monument has strengthened relationships with non-profit partners and volunteers (garnering over 35,000 volunteer hours), made significant capital investments, identified projects to increase access, created new partnerships with the local community and increased program offerings.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest will soon offer opportunities for local businesses to provide outfitter and guiding services on the Forest. The GPNF is offering an open season for outfitters and guides to submit proposals for temporary permits to conduct outfitter and guiding activities during the 2015 calendar year. Temporary permits authorize short-term outfitting and guiding use, up to a maximum of 200 service days, in a 180 calendar day period. Proposals for temporary permits must be submitted during the GPNF open season scheduled from November 1 through December 15, 2014.