Dean Millett, Ranger for the Pacific Ranger district, shared “What’s Happening” in the Olympic National Forest with the members of West End Business last Wednesday morning. Some new activities include the ability to trade goods for services. ONF is also now able to work with other agencies such as DNR.
Road maintenance and closures were discussed with Millett sharing that the ONF just doesn’t have the budget to maintain all the miles of road it has. “Road closure is an on-going process,” Millett said.
“We are a hard forest to manage, with 75 employees across the entire region our geography is an issue,” Millett added.
He urged the community to get involved in the planning process for the future direction of the agency.
The Pacific Ranger District has several campgrounds that it manages. Klahowya has received a new water system, new roof on the comfort station, and new vault toilet. Klahanie may open late this years as there are some hazard trees and with the river moving around some sites have been lost.
ONF also has several trails in the area many maintained by volunteers.
West End Business meets on Wednesday mornings at the Congregational Church on Spartan Ave., at 7:30 a.m., new members and the public are welcome.