ForeverGreen Trails is partnering with Pierce County Parks in its coordination of the Carbon River Corridor Cooperative Action Plan by spreading public awareness and promoting involvement in the process. We encourage you to sign up for update notifications about this important project.
The planning area for the study is vast from the Town of Wilkeson to the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. It entails tens of thousands of acres with residential and commercial uses, critical habitat, important cultural and historical resources, and recreational facilities. Due to its size and the numerous public and private land ownerships involved, the area hasn't had a coordinated approach to providing recreation which has resulted in impacts to local residents, the environment, and visitor safety.
Over 1,000 people provided initial feedback in an online survey to determine user preferences for the corridor. Almost 40 stakeholder groups were also invited to take a separate survey to help Parks understand how they are currently using lands within the planning area as well as plans or suggestions they have for future opportunities. With this public outreach phase coming to a close, a consulting firm, EnviroIssues, has been hired to map land ownership in the study area and to interview landowners and key stakeholders to gather input which will inform the Cooperative Action Plan. A draft of the plan is expected by February 2021 for public review and feedback. Implementation strategies will be folded into the plan during summer 2021 and will include a plan for cooperative management and investment toward the agreed-upon improvements. The last steps in the process will be adoption of the plan by all parties by September 2021, and movement toward aligning efforts and resources in the corridor over the next decade. For more information, please see the County's project website.