Hannegan Pass Road



~ Lily Tomlin




THE SUSTAINABLE ROADS ANALYSIS will use an interdisciplinary, science-based process to evaluate individual segments of the road system. This process will take into account public issues, forest plan allocations and management constraints. Broad subject areas with refined evaluation criteria will be used to demonstrate the compatibility of road segments with ecological, social, and economic objectives of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Road segments will be rated as low, medium or high based on specific evaluation criteria under categories of resource concerns and access needs. Forest specialists are considering resource concerns for aquatics, wildlife, cultural and heritage areas, and invasive plant species; access needs for vegetation management, recreation, cultural and heritage areas, special uses, administrative uses, and joint ownership.  

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest would like to retain as many roads as possible and is considering options to offset road maintenance costs. One strategy being considered is to lower maintenance levels forest-wide to preserve wide-spread access. Forest specialists are also exploring how we might collect more road maintenance funding from existing sources, such as from roads under special use permits, cost-share agreements and road-use agreements.

Despite these strategies, it is unlikely the forest will be able to afford a road system that retains all of the existing roads. That is why understanding the road use with the associated values of our public is important to identifying an effective and sustainable road system.