The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest needs to understand community interests and concerns about the forest and access. The Sustainable Roads Cadre is working with the Forest Service to gather public input about its road system.
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Sustainable Roads Cadre is using a unique science-driven approach developed by the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and Portland State University to understand how people use and value landscapes and resources. In community meetings, social scientists from the lab will guide participants in using maps to identify places of significance and assign values or activities associated with them.
This process creates what’s called “socio-spatial data layers.” These layers, which provide data such as “where do you like to go on the forest” or “what activity do you do on the forest” will be incorporated into existing forest digital map data to validate and contribute to the analysis for the Sustainable Roads report. The results will provide visual displays of visitor destinations, routes, and show places with special meaning or value. It will identify areas of high impact or conflict. The data measures, assesses and identifies values comparatively.
In addition to incorporating this information into the report, it can be used for future recreation and stewardship planning. Results and the report will be available to the public in the late fall 2013 after all of the collected information is analyzed. Make sure to check back with this blog the fall for the report.