Recreation Survey for Upper Yakima River Basin

Motorcycle rider on trail“This online recreation survey is really about helping us better understand how you use your public lands,” explains Cle Elum District Ranger Michelle Capp. “We want to work collaboratively across land management areas and in partnership with all recreation groups and users to enhance communities, natural resources, and recreation experiences for visitors and residents.”

To accomplish this, the USDA Forest Service has partnered with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Central Washington University, and a growing coalition of land management agencies, county and cities and recreation groups to form the East Cascades Recreation Partnership (ECRP).

This group has the goal of developing a community-lead vision for the future of sustainable recreation in the Upper Yakima Basin. As a first step, the ECRP wants to know where people currently go to recreate, what draws them to these areas, and what challenges and opportunities to they see for enhancing recreation across the basin.

“It’s important for us to hear from all users. Whether you like to drive the forest roads, hike every day, camp with your family, hunt and fish annually, or value these areas from afar, it is important that we develop a shared understanding of all the existing recreation uses across the Upper Yakima Basin,” said Capp.

The Upper Yakima Basin Recreation Survey will be open through January 2020 to collect input from all seasons of recreation and takes 5-10 minutes. The survey is available online at: