VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver’s Environmental Club is hosting a panel discussion on the controversial I-5 Trade and Transportation plan that will decide transportation options for the next 20 years in the Vancouver-Portland area and provide residents with information to make smart growth decisions.

The free, public discussion is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Student Services building lecture hall. A reception precedes the event at 6:30 p.m.

Panelists Craig Pridemore, Clark County commissioner; Don Wagner, Southwest Region administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation; and Peter Hurley, Director of Transportation Choices, will inform local citizens about the plan, as well as the choices and challenges affecting Vancouver.

Pridemore is a member of Governor Locke’s I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership Task Force and the Bi-State Traffic Committee. Wagner oversees WSDOT operations in much of the state, including Clark County. Hurley represents a coalition of environmental groups in Washington focused on providing alternatives to the one-car-one-rider commuter syndrome.

Sponsors include WSU Vancouver’s Environmental Club and the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver. For more information, call (360) 546-9620.