Beginning Tuesday, March 1, Gifford Pinchot National Forest visitor services will be located with the National Park Service at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. The current Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters location at 10600 N.E. 51st Circle will be closed to the public.
By partnering with the National Park Service, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be able to reach more visitors and provide enhanced customer service through extended hours: Tuesday through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can plan trips to the forest, purchase federal recreation passes, and explore the national park from the same location.
…and if you haven’t yet visited the beautifully remodeled Visitor Center, well, there’s no time like the present! The Visitor Center reopened in November with a new front entrance, which now includes a large covered area. The interior houses interactive exhibits for adults and children, a state-of-the-art community and educational room, enhanced visitor amenities, and a bookstore and expanded gift shop, which will be operated by the nonprofit Friends of Fort Vancouver. You can also see (or purchase!) the distinctive artwork and jewelry of internationally acclaimed American Indian artist Lillian Pitt, along with several pieces by Northwest artist and local resident Anne John.