The skinny...

Portland State University and their research program (funded in part by the Mazamas) is attempting to produce a comprehensive picture of how the public uses land and water resources on the Olympic Peninsula via a presentation and short, 10-15 minute Human Ecology Mapping or “participation mapping” survey at The Mountaineers.

This is a great opportunity for you to help make mountain biker's desires known!

Human Ecology on the Olympic Peninsula: Mapping Visitor Values
November 14, 2012, 7-9pm
The Mountaineers Program Center, Goodman B
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

You are invited to bring your personal stories and thoughts about the places you love on the Olympic Peninsula and participate in this interactive mapping session. Results from the research will be used to identify areas of high value and intense use for future land management and planning activities.

Why it’s important to show up for this one...

The tools for assessing recreation uses on national forests were developed in the 1980s, pre mountain bikes and mobile phones, and have not been updated since. Unfortunately trail registers, backcountry permits and campground reservations only provide the Forest Service with limited insight into how the public enjoys resources on National Forests.

That means forest managers do not have enough up-to-date information about visitation patterns, human values, and resource uses and we have seen the impacts of this through flawed conclusions in Forest Plans. This research aims to provide a much more comprehensive picture of how the public uses land and water resources.

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