Forest cabin rentals caught in process limbo

first_imgNestled in an aspen grove south of Mount Adams lies Gotchen Creek Guard Station. It’s the oldest building in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, built in 1909 at a cost of $332.A survivor from the era of horseback rangers, the 12-by-26-foot cabin has two rooms, a kitchen and an everything-else room that contains bunk beds and a warming stove.It would be a great addition to the U.S. Forest Service’s rental program, like the Government Mineral Springs Guard Station north of Carson. I’ve been writing that story over and over since at least 2005, always quoting Forest Service staff that they hope to make it available to the public.Well, it looks like Gotchen Creek Guard Station joining the rental program will not happen any time soon.At a meeting of winter recreation interests in Stevenson last month, Robin Rose, recreation program manager for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, said a great deal of restoration work has been completed at the 104-year-old structure and it is about ready for the public.But here’s the hang-up.Before the Forest Service can charge a rental fee at Gotchen, the matter must come before the Pacific Northwest Recreation Resources Advisory Committee.The citizen group makes recommendations on creating new, changing existing or eliminating recreation fees managed by the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management in Washington or Oregon.last_img read more

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