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Tag: Gifford Pinchot National Forest

July
12th

Mosé Jones-Yellin named Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s new Mount Adams district ranger

From Gifford Pinchot National Forest:

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest community is proud to announce the selection of Mosé Jones-Yellin as the incoming Mt. Adams District Ranger. Jones-Yellin is currently the Deputy District Ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California, but is no stranger to the Gifford Pinchot, having served as the Cowlitz Valley District Ranger in a temporary detail in 2012. “This forest has some of the most beautiful and valuable natural resources found anywhere in this country, and it will be a pleasure to join the community and lead these outstanding Forest Service employees,” he said.

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July
5th

Road to Windy Ridge is open

Forest Road 99 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest opened Thursday, giving visitors access to Mount St. Helens eastside attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car as well as the Mount Margaret Backcountry.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Visitors to this remote and unique location deep within the blast-zone can see the amazing impact and recovery from the 1980 eruption. It is an experience to be had nowhere else in the world and only for a short time each year due to snow.

Mount St. Helens Ranger Cory Wall said interpreters hope to see

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May
23rd

Plenty of camping options for Memorial Day weekend

Campers will have plenty of options this holiday weekend, thanks in part to early snowmelt.

In the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the 188 campsites at Ohanapecosh Campground opens Friday. Cougar Rock Campground, between Longmire and Paradise, will not open until June 27 instead of Friday. The 173-site campground will be open six fewer weeks because of sequestration.

Park officials also said Stevens Canyon Road will open at noon Friday, not 8 a.m. as previously announced, as long as the weather.

At Olympic National Park, campgrounds opening this weekend or shifting from primitive camping to running water include

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Oct.
29th

Deep snow above 3,000 feet in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Officials at Gifford Pinchot National Forest are reporting there is 14-18 Inches of snow above the 3,000-foot elevation line.

Substantial amounts of snow have fallen at higher evevations all over the forest, said a news release. This can be an issue for anyone planning to hunt, fish or camp on the forest.

Remember toe take chains or other traction devices when heading into the forest. Carry shovels, water, food and extra clothing. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Jan.
12th

U.S. Forest Service announces fee free days, including this weekend

The U.S. Forest Service today announced eight dates when it will waive fees that are usually collected to support forest maintenance and amenities.

Visitors to national forests will not pay fees on the following dates in 2012:

  • Saturday-Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend
  • June 9: Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 10-12: Veterans Day weekend

Despite the Forest Service’s fee waivers, the agency does not usually charge for visitors to national forests. In fact, the Forest Service does not charge for access on 98 percent of its land, said a news release. More

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Sep.
30th

Gifford Pinchot National Forest reopens Road 54

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials this afternoon said Forest Road 54 will open tonight.

The road was closed at its western entrance to the national forest due to a major slide and flood event three years ago and was temporarily opened with emergency fixes two years ago.

Permanent repairs were made last month. This included rebuilding fill that was washed out, construction of a very large retaining wall, guardrail and repaving the surface.

Sep.
2nd

Gifford Pinchot National Forest road to close for two days in September

From Gifford Pinchot National Forest:

Forest Road 90 will close for two days on Sept. 13 and 14
limiting all travel along FR 90 in and out of the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest along this route. The closure will occur approximately five miles
east of Cougar, Wash.  No detours are available, though all areas will
remain accessible via other routes.

This closure will allow contractors to resurface the roadway over the Swift
Power Canal. Asphalt was removed from this bridge during a one-day closure
in August. This project is meant to maintain

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Aug.
24th

Gifford Pinchot National Forest raises fire warning level

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials just announced they have increased the fire warning level. The impact on the general public will be minimal, however.

Forest officials said the Industrial Fire Precaution Level has moved from Level I to Level II, increasing restrictions for work on the Forest.

The only effect on the general public is a restriction on the use of chainsaws. The new restriction means chainsaws may not be run from 1-8 p.m.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire danger rating is now at moderate.

Camp fires should be completely extinguished before departing camp at any time. Keep a

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