Small wilderness gets its share of use

first_imgCARSON — Visitor use of Trapper Creek Wilderness in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest has exceeded Forest Service standards annually for the past decade.The standard in the Gifford Pinchot’s land-use plans calls for fewer than 2,200 “recreation visitor days’’ in the small, steep and deeply forested wilderness north of Carson. However, that number has been exceeded yearly since 2006.According to the Mount Adams Ranger District Wilderness Monitoring Report, the average number of annual recreation visitor days for Trapper Creek between 2006 and 2015 is 2,997. The peak year was 3,578 visitor days in 2015.The information comes for wilderness permits. Since 2001, wilderness areas on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have had mandatory, self-issued permits.The permits, available at trailhead boxes, collect information on number of hikers or horsemen, length of stay, destination, number of stock, number of dogs and locations from where visitors come.last_img read more

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