Participate online: July 14 - August 11
Welcome to the Carbon River Corridor Cooperative Action Plan online open house.
We’re glad you’re here! Pierce County Parks and our partners are working to develop a plan that will guide priorities for coordination, recreation, information/education, and conservation throughout the Carbon River Corridor for the next 10 years.
Visit our project webpage for more information.
From July 14 – August 11, 2021, you can visit this site to:
- Learn about the project background and goals.
- Review the Draft Carbon River Corridor Cooperative Action Plan (Draft CAP), including priority actions and objectives.
How to use this website
- Scroll through each section to learn about the project and review sections of the Draft CAP.
- The site will be open through August 11, and you can visit as many times as you wish before then.
- Review the sections of interest to you and provide feedback via email or during your one-on-one conversation with the planning team.
The Carbon River Corridor extends a little more than twenty miles alongside the Carbon River, which includes the towns of Wilkeson and Carbonado, and leads to the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. This river corridor continues to experience a growing demand for recreational opportunities and visitor services as well as an increasing concern for the impact of illegal and unsanctioned activities on the region’s historical and natural resources.
To address these needs, major landowners, with input from stakeholders and the public, developed the Draft Carbon River Corridor Cooperative Action Plan (CAP). The Draft CAP represents over a year of intentional conversations to determine how best to balance recreational needs while preserving historical and natural resources. The Draft CAP is a list of objectives and priority actions that landowners throughout the corridor intend to explore over the next 10 years in response to growing demands on the region.
The plan’s goal is to identify a holistic approach to conserve the area’s natural resources and protect regional cultural heritage, while at the same time providing additional visitor services to the growing numbers of recreation users in the corridor. The identified approach will serve as a guide for development and services in the corridor for the next 10 years.
Planning partners, including jurisdictions, landowners, and stakeholders, worked collaboratively to align opportunities throughout the corridor to address concerns and advance stakeholder and public interests. The objectives and actions outlined in this plan are collective solutions to the common issues, interests, and desires that were captured through this effort.
Objectives: Partner coordination
The Carbon River Corridor includes large areas of public and private landownership. Public pressure for expanded use of the area has grown dramatically as population and travel to the Pacific Northwest has increased. A means of sustaining coordinated planning and cooperative management of the corridor is needed to address the issues and opportunities resulting from increased interest and expanded use of the area.
Objectives: Recreational opportunities and facilities
Many recreation opportunities exist in the Carbon River Corridor, especially within the area’s national forest and national park. There is great pressure from the public and local user groups to increase recreational access for hiking, biking, and off-road vehicles; in the 2020 public survey, 27% of respondents requested additional hiking opportunities, 22% requested additional ORV opportunities and 17% requested mountain biking facilities. Expansion, however, should only take place as services and infrastructure exist to support increased use of the area.
Objectives: Informational and educational resources
Information about recreational opportunities, trails and other amenities in the Carbon River Corridor is hard to find both inside and outside of the corridor. A few brochures and maps have been created over the years but were not widely available and are now out-of-date. Information provided online by various organizations about available amenities and key interest areas is generally vague and often incorrect. Gateway cities and towns as well as public agencies will work together to create a comprehensive branding and marketing effort that identifies recreational opportunities that exist within the corridor, to clarify expectations and to provide needed information for visitors before they journey to this area and after they arrive.
This objectives includes three sub-categories of actions: General Information, Branding and Tourism, and Signage.
Objectives: Natural and historical conservation
The Carbon River Corridor is home to one of the last inland old-growth rainforests in Western Washington. The Carbon River Corridor also has a rich cultural and economic legacy. Attempts to balance the recreation needs and interests of visitors with efforts to conserve the corridor’s natural, historic, and cultural areas have had mixed results.
This objective includes two components: Mapping and Conservation. The following actions will be undertaken to improve public awareness of the natural, historic, and cultural value of this area:
This planning process invited broad participation by public agencies, major landowners, diverse stakeholders, local residents, and corridor visitors to share their perspectives about how best to position the region to meet the demands of growing recreation use and development in the corridor over the next ten years.
The broad range of priority actions and objectives identified through this process provide multiple opportunities for teamwork amongst these divergent groups, while recognizing that each Steering Committee member organization has a unique mission, goals and funding mechanisms which will result in differences in how actions will be implemented.
Read this section for more information on:
- Coordination moving forward
- Implementing short-term actions
- Opportunities for other partners to explore
- Funding opportunities
- Recommend priority issues, needs, and desired outcomes
- Guides process
- Recommends course of action
- Comprised of
- Pierce County Parks
- National Park Service - River, Trails, and Conservative Assistance
- Advise on issues and desired outcomes
- Identify high use areas and outdoor recreation activity preferences
- Forms a collaborative agreement
- Makes final decisions on priority actions
- Comprised of
- National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park
- U.S. National Forest Service
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- Fruit Growers Supply
- Carbon River Glacier Club