The Chinook Scenic Byway (CSB) is a non-profit organization of diverse stakeholders composed of citizens and agency representatives that work voluntarily and collaboratively to protect and promote the qualities, amenities, features, recreation and scenic beauty of the Chinook Scenic Byway. Managed by a Board of Directors, the CSB meets on a quarterly basis to conduct Board business and to discuss, consider, and/or recommend possible management actions and land uses that promote and nurture the following vision:
The Chinook Scenic Byway is a premier destination that features Mt. Rainier and connects the diverse landscapes of eastern and western Washington. The Byway is a safe transportation corridor that provides recreational opportunities, supports local economies, and enriches our quality of life. It is managed to promote stewardship through interpretation and education.
The CSB Board of Directors consists of twelve members representing the following agencies or groups:
- Westside Chamber/Business Representative - Troy Couch
- Eastside Chamber/Business Representative - vacant*
- Westside Citizen at Large - Trip Hart
- Eastside Citizen at Large - Danielle Surkatty
- City of Enumclaw - Liz Reynolds
- Town of Naches - Paul Williams
- Community of Greenwater - Steven Cadematori
- Washington State Department of Transportation - Thomas Noyes
- Washington State Parks and Recreation - John Ernster
- Crystal Mountain Resort - Tiana Anderson
- Recreational User Group Representative - vacant*
Advisory Members of the Board (non-voting)
- Mount Rainier National Park - Tracy Swartout
- Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Dave Redmond
- Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest - Bill Zimmer
*If you are interesting in serving on the board, please contact us.
2016 / 2017 Board Officers
Trip Hart – President
Steve Cadematori - Vice President
Danielle Surkatty – Secretary/Treasurer
Initial Strategic Plan
The CSB adopted a strategic plan in September, 2007, that includes the vision statement (above) and specific goals, strategies, and actions for achieving the vision. Following are the goals from the strategic plan:
- Facilitate planning, cooperation and coordination among Byway stakeholder groups to balance tourism/economics, conservation, transportation and recreation to achieve the CSB vision.
- Enhance education and interpretation opportunities.
- Inform visitors about opportunities along the Byway to increase appreciation and enhance experience.
- Develop and manage a volunteer program to promote stewardship, understanding, and appreciation of Byway resources.
- Preserve, maintain and protect the scenic qualities of the Byway.
Following are links to the websites of partner organizations involved with the Chinook Scenic Byway. These are the groups, organizations, and agencies that play vital collaborative roles in the planning, management, communications, marketing, and protection of the Byway.
City of Enumclaw - the western gateway community to the Chinook Scenic Byway
Crystal Mountain Resort - year round attraction for skiers and summer recreationalists along the Byway
Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce - serving business and visitors to Enumclaw, at the western end of the Chinook Scenic Byway
Experience Washington - The State of Washington Department of Tourism website
Federation Forest State Park - year round attraction along the Byway
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park.
Mt. Rainier National Park - Mount Rainier offers visitors a patchwork of vistas: deep green forests, tumbling rivers, flower dotted meadows, ice-blue glaciers, a snow-shrouded volcano. Discover what makes Mount Rainier National Park one of our nation's crown jewels.
National Scenic Byways Program - a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest - encompasses 4 million acres - from the Pasayten Wilderness along the Canadian border to the Goat Rocks Wilderness south of Mt. Rainier,
Town of Naches - the eastern gateway community to the Chinook Scenic Byway
Upper Valley Bulletin Board - providing information for the communities of Naches, Gleed, Cowiche, Tieton and Nile Valley at the eastern end of the Chinook Scenic Byway
Visit Rainier - Mount Rainier National Park lodging, events, hiking, and other activities for the Mt. Rainier area
Washington State Department of Transportation - WSDOT is the steward of a large and robust transportation system throughout Washington and is responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. WSDOT builds, maintains, and operates the Washington State highway system.
Washington State Parks and Recreation - acquires, operates, enhances and protects a diverse system of recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites throughout the State of Washington and fosters outdoor recreation and education to provide enjoyment and enrichment for all and a valued legacy to future generations.
The Washington state park system includes 120 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
White Pass Scenic Byway - the Playground of Volcano Country. Journey along one of Washington State’s premier wildlife viewing and adventure byways.
December 7, 2016
March 21, 2017
June 1, 2017
September. 20, 2017 – starts at 2:00pm
Board meetings are held from 3:00-5:00pm. All are welcome to join in. If you can't attend the meeting in person, you can attend by conference call. Locations of the board meetings vary through the Byway Communities throughout the year. The Annual Meeting is usually held at Crystal Mountain Resort.
Contact us if you would like to attend an upcoming board meeting to learn more about the work of the Chinook Scenic Byway
Board Meeting Minutes
March 4, 2014
June 4, 2014
September 17, 2014 - Annual Meeting
December 10, 2014
Funds awarded to the Chinook Scenic Byway to consolidate and update the Corridor Management Plan. Read the Press Release