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Below are responses to the Mt. Hood National Forest's Travel Analysis Process Feedback Form located at:
Question #1: What do you like to do when you visit Mount Hood National Forest? What roads are a priority for you or are most important for accessing your favorite area or activity?
Bark supporters use the public land forests surrounding Mt. Hood for a wide range of uses including, but not limited to: clean drinking water, hiking, nature study, non-timber forest product collection, spiritual renewal, and quiet recreation. Site specific road comments are included in our response to Question #2.
Question #2: Are there particular road segments that provide unique opportunities?
The attachments below include Bark's recommendations for the Barlow, Clackamas, Hood River and Zigzag Ranger Districts.
Also attached below are six maps which illustrate Bark's preferred future road system (with potential road removals) for each area mapped. Each area mapped includes roads that would remain (black) and roads that we recommend for removal (red). Some of these areas are mentioned in our recommendations, and some only appear in map form. Removing these roads will reduce their impacts on clean water, salmon, wildlife and other values of the forest. Although some roads identified for removal have already been decommissioned, many of these may someday be considered by the Forest Service for reopening, at least temporarily. These maps reflect what we feel is a “right-sized” open road network. All data displayed on these maps was retrieved from the Mount Hood National Forests's website:
Question #3: If you had to hike into some areas where you formerly drove or needed a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access some remote areas where you didn't previously, how would that affect your experience?
Converting roads to trails and moving the trailhead further from the wilderness usually results in less litter and illegal activities that devalue our experience in the forest, and result in less human impact on wildlife and clean water, and more solitude, which Bark’s supporters value.
Please keep us up to date as to where these roads might be so we can publicly comment.
Question #4: Is there anything else you'd like to share?
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