Canyon Lake may soon become more accessible

Lack of access has stymied Western Washington University students from conducting research projects or taking field trips to the park. 

“Access to the forest supports the commitment to hands-on experiential learning via course-based field trips, group projects, and faculty-guided individual graduate and undergraduate research opportunities,” said Teena Gabrielson, dean of the university’s College of the Environment.

She said the biodiversity of the forest and alpine wetlands offer opportunities for invaluable research, including comparative studies of the climate impact of old-growth and regenerated logged trees.