Carbon River Corridor Cooperative Action Plan

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Project Update

Historic Coke Ovens in Wilkeson, WA

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In 2020-21, Pierce County Parks will work with property owners, community members, and recreational groups interested in the future of the Carbon River Corridor to develop a Cooperative Action Plan.The planning area will include the area between the Town of Wilkeson and the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. To view a PowerPoint overview of the project, please click here:


 Carbon River Cooperative Action Plan Overview


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About the Project

Project Background

Pierce County Parks manages approximately 1,700 acres in the Carbon River Corridor (Carbon River Valley, Fairfax Properties, and Fairfax Town Site). These properties are currently undeveloped, but may provide opportunities for future recreation and visitor services in the area. 

Pierce County is co-managing the development of the Cooperative Action Plan with the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program


The Cooperative Action Plan will build on the 2003 Carbon River Corridor Charette with a focus on developing visitor services in the area that meet demand while protecting important environmental and cultural resources, as well as balancing the character desired by local residents.

Project Schedule

Pierce County began discussions with property owners and the community in early 2020. A consultant will be hired in mid-2020 to develop an inventory of the area and interview stakeholders. This information will be shared during public outreach in late 2020. In 2021, the cooperative action plan will be drafted with input from landowners and stakeholders.

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Wilkeson Info Kiosk

Carbon River Area Recreation Kiosk

A new kiosk and signage installed in the town of Wilkeson mark early milestones for Pierce County Parks’ Carbon River Valley cooperative action plan. The project’s purpose is to develop a plan adopted by major landowners that outlines current and future recreational opportunities in the Carbon River Valley, between Wilkeson and the Carbon River Ranger Station at Mount Rainier. The plan seeks to provide more public access to recreation while balancing conservation of the environment and cultural resources.


The new Carbon River area informational kiosk is just one step toward an organized approach to visitor support facilities and programs. The kiosk is the product of a collaboration between multiple partners who want to help visitors safely recreate in the area. This is especially important due to the limited food, water, gas, and cellphone services beyond the town of Wilkeson.  

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Project Contacts

Tiffany Odell                                       Cindy Haverkamp
Senior Planner                                     Planner
253-798-4254 | email                           253-798-4078| email