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Balanced Decision Supports Restoration and Recreation in Nooksack

Photo Courtesy of Margot Tsakonas

Yellow Aster Butte Trail in the Nooksack basin by Margot Tsakonas

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest announced a decision on their plan for road maintenance levels in the Nooksack basin near Mt. Baker. The draft decision took to heart many of the recommendations outlined in a comment letter by 18 conservation and recreation organizations in March 2016. Changes include significantly increasing the miles of roads to be decommissioned  to address aquatic impacts while prioritizing maintenance for those roads that access recreation destinations (i.e, trails, campgrounds, etc). Read the decision.