Sustainable Recreation: Now and in the Future

Over a million people visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest each year. While public demand for recreation has increased, deteriorating infrastructure and declining budgets result in not meeting public expectations of safe, clean, and accessible recreation experiences.  We need to look at ways to do things differently to better meet these expectations.

Over the past year, the forest has been evaluating our recreation opportunities and sites.  We held public meetings, reached out to user groups, and offered an online questionaire to ask for your ideas and input about how our recreation sites could be managed.

Read our 6-year program of work that resulted from your input!

Our Goals:

  • Build a high-quality, sustainable recreation program within our budget realities.
  • Manage a sustainable number of sites to a higher standard rather than juggle a large number of sites in poor condition that do not meet safety & sanitation standards.
  • Explore creative options and develop community based solutions.

Recreation Site Work and Changes 

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Safe & Sustainable Recreation

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Why are we doing this?

What have we learned so far?

What’s next?


Want to learn more about the our evaluation and analysis process?  Click here for information about the Recreation Site Analysis process.