Entiat Sustainable Recreation Strategy Completed

entiat rec strategyThe Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is pleased to announce the completion of the Entiat Sustainable Recreation Strategy. The Entiat Ranger District has been working with Western Washington University over the last two years to inform future management based on community needs and environmental and financial realities.

View the full strategy and learn more about the entire project from start to finish by visiting the interactive StoryMap. You can also review an executive summary of the project for key findings.

Entiat rec strategyBetween spring 2019 and summer 2020, a team of researchers from Western Washington University, along with Entiat Ranger District staff, gained input from community members and partners in the Entiat area and beyond to inform the development of a sustainable recreation strategy. The goal of the recreation strategy is to provide specific information that will inform managers on how best to prioritize projects across the Entiat Ranger District according to environmental conditions, user interest, and financial realities.

By incorporating community needs and realities of current conditions of infrastructure, the strategy provides Forest Service staff essential information to plan for the future. The strategy recommendations crafted from public input will help managers prioritize popular sites in need of maintenance and support funding acquisition.

 

Public Engagement Efforts 2019-2020

Family hiking Pyramid Mtn in EntiatDuring the spring and summer 2019, researchers conducted interviews with community stakeholders from nonprofits, to outfitters, to recreation club leaders. These interviews provided essential context and initial information regarding the concerns of the local community.

Concurrently over the summer researchers collected data regarding the current conditions of recreation facilities. Researchers hiked countless miles and visited nearly every campsite in the district. The results of this field analysis informed much of the environmental and financial components of the strategy.

Between fall 2019 and spring 2020 the project team connected with the public through informational community meetings and an online story map. To reach an even wider audience, the Western Washington University researchers deployed an online survey to further investigate community needs, interests, and concerns. The survey input step concluded in December 2019.

On May 12, 2020 the team provided a project update to interested members of the community via an online webinar to provide an update on the next steps the team was working on to develop the strategy.

Recording of May 12, 2020 Entiat Sustainable Recreation Update presentation (.mp4)

 

Project Background

Entiat valleyOver the last five years, annual wildfire events have damaged recreation facilities in the Entiat Ranger District in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. With an eye toward the future, the Forest Service has begun development of a sustainable recreation strategy to guide planning into the future to meet community needs in a time of change.

“Together with the community and individuals who use these public lands, we want to develop a strategic plan for how to manage recreation in the Entiat Valley looking 10 to 30 years into the future,” said Jon Meier, district recreation program manager. “We’re asking folks to think about what we should sustain. We’d like to know what recreation activities are important to you and your family for today and for generations to come.”

entiat rec strategyAn important goal of the Forest is to enhance recreation opportunities and provide excellent customer service while protecting forest resources. We’re working with the community to determine how to manage recreation interests locally in a sustainable way. We recognize this strategy will also be grounded in ecological, fiscal, and capacity realities. The public input that we have received will help us identify and build a vision of where the strategic and sustainable opportunities exist.

For those looking to learn how to become a volunteer or partner, or just looking for more information connect with these local organizations:

Or connect with recreation manager, Jon Meier, for specific questions about the Entiat at
jonathan.meier@usda.gov

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Check out the Entiat Sustainable Recreation Strategy StoryMap

Download the complete
Entiat Sustainable Recreation Strategy [PDF]

Download the brief
Executive Summary [PDF]

 

 





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