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Gifford Pinchot National Forest Closes all Developed Recreation Sites to align with statewide COVID-19 ‘Stay Home-Stay Healthy’ order

To align with state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, all Gifford Pinchot National Forest campgrounds, day-use sites, trailheads, Sno-Parks, cabin rentals and other developed recreation sites will be temporarily closed. These closures have been deemed necessary to address social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Washington to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and to avoid putting undue pressure on emergency services in local communities. Certain roads leading to heavily-used dispersed camping areas have also been temporarily closed. These roads include Forest Service roads 81, 83, and 90 with limited exceptions for local residents, fire and other emergency response, and permit holders.

Campsites and cabin rentals will not be able to be reserved through Recreation.gov. The forest has ceased sales of permits to climb Mount St. Helens on Recreation.gov for dates through the end of April, and permits already sold for climbs to take place now through April 6 have been cancelled and their permit fees refunded. Reservation and permit holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Refunds will be issued by Recreation.gov for cancelled reservations and permits.    As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities, local emergency services, state governor’s orders, and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.     Forest offices are currently conducting public business by phone, email, or web-based transactions. Latest updates and information can be found online: https://www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot/

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on protecting yourself, your family, and your community.

The Mount Hood National Forest and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area also have closures currently in effect. For more information visit: www.fs.usda.gov/mthood and www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa

This seminar has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID19 pandemic

Earth Day Seminar: People in Nature – Interactions on Mt Adams in a Warming Earth

What: Community Seminar on Climate Change and Mt Adams

Where: White Salmon High School Gymnasium

When: Saturday, April 25, 9am – 3pm

Hosted by: Friends of Mt Adams (mtadamsfriends.org)

Contact: Alec Maule, (503) 319-1584, agmaule@gmail.com

On the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, this science-based Friends of Mt Adams Community Seminar will explore the impacts of climate change-induced environmental changes on the biological communities that depend upon Mt Adams. The keynote speaker will be noted scholar, biologist, and author Dr. Robert Michael Pyle. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, peer-reviewed papers, stories, and poems. His twenty-two books include Wintergreen, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge, and Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year. The event is free for all to attend.

Additional information (PDF)

Seminar Schedule

9:00—9:45 Bill Weiler Friends of Mt Adams Board – Welcome, announcements & introductions

9:45—10:15 Darryl Lloyd, photographer, author and co-founder of Friends of Mt Adams introducing Dr. Pyle

10:15—11:15 Keynote Speaker: Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D From the Bridge of the Gods to the Brave New World: How Our Mountains Meet Change, and Go On

11:15—11:45 Climate change, snow, and water in the Cascade Mountains

Oriana Chegwidden, Ph.D. Student, University of Washington

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch (Please bring your own brown-bag lunch)

12:45—1:15 The Impact of Climate Change on Carnivores in the Cascade Mountains

Jocelyn Akins, Ph.D. Director, Cascade Carnivore Project

1:15—1:45 Watersheds and Fish of Mt. Adams from a Bird and Fish Perspective

Pat Connolly, Ph.D. Stream Ecologist (retired) USGS, Columbia River Research Lab

1:45—2:15 Climate Change and Impacts to Yakama First Foods and Culture

Elaine Harvey, Yakama Tribal member and Fisheries Biologist

2:15—2:30 Break

2:30—3:00 The influence of climate change on recreation and recreation-dependent economies

Eric M. White , Ph.D., Research Social Scientist Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

3:00 – 4:00 Question and answer panel with all seven speakers.


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