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 has lacked a coordinated approach to providing recreation impacting 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 about how they are currently using lands within the planning area as well as plans or suggestions they have for future opportunities. With this initial public outreach phase complete, land ownership in the study area was mapped and interviews with landowners and key stakeholders were held to gather input to inform the Cooperative Action Plan. The intent is for the plan to be adopted by all parties so efforts can be aligned and resources dedicated in the corridor over the next decade. For more information, see the project website.