Hiker Headlines: Avalanche Danger, Permits, Restoration Project
Avalanche danger is high in the mountains right now. Permits are now available for three popular destinations in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The High Steel Bridge over the South Fork Skokomish River will be closed periodically today. And the Umatilla National Forest is seeking public input on a fire restoration plan.
It’s April 7. Avalanche danger is high in the mountains right now. Permits are now available for three popular destinations in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The High Steel Bridge over the South Fork Skokomish River will be closed periodically today. And the Umatilla National Forest is seeking public input on a fire restoration plan. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Avalanche danger: Avalanche danger is high across the Cascades today. Sudden warming will cause unstable conditions Thursday, April 7. Always check the avalanche forecast before heading into the backcountry, especially during spring when conditions change rapidly.
Gifford Pinchot permits: Permits for climbing Mount St. Helens, visiting Ape Caves and camping in the Mount Margaret backcountry are now available on recreation.gov. Permits are required for these three areas, so plan ahead and reserve your trip in advance.
South Fork Skokomish bridge closure: The High Steel Bridge over the Lower South Fork Skokomish River on Forest Road 2340 will be closed intermittently today, April 7, to allow search and rescue volunteers to perform practice drills.
Umatilla restoration project: The Umatilla National Forest is seeking input on a proposed restoration plan for areas burned last summer. Learn more about the Pomeroy Danger Tree and Fire Salvage Project and submit comments by April 22 to make sure your voice is heard.
No Child Left Inside Act: A bill to further the No Child Left Inside Act was introduced in the House of Representatives today. The legislation would provide the resources schools and teachers need to integrate environmental education into their curriculums. WTA is signed on in support of this bill and will be following its progress closely.
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