DNR FIELD NOTES
May 17, 2010
Celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering on state lands
Events scheduled across the state June 5
By Mark Mauren
Recreation Program Manager
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Saturday, June 5, people from all over the country will observe National Trails Day®—a day to get outside and enjoy our forests and natural areas.
To celebrate this special day, staff from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be joining partner organizations and volunteers to spruce up and restore damaged trails on state trust lands.
National Trails Day has a special meaning here in Washington State, where our recreation areas feature some of the country’s finest trails. DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of designated trails for public use. With many trails located close to urban areas, trails on DNR-managed lands are readily accessible to everyone. These areas are also free of charge to visit.
Across the state, trails on DNR-managed recreation areas provide fun and excitement for all kinds of recreation activities. Gorgeous Mount Si, located just outside of Seattle, challenges hikers with a forested slope leading to its top. At Capitol State Forest near Olympia, equestrians enjoy trails suited for horseback riding and pack stock. Mountain bikers find challenging backcountry rides in a number of recreation areas.
We take pride in the diversity of DNR-managed trails and are confident you will find many to enjoy this summer.
Trails provide a variety of social, recreational and environmental benefits. They serve as an economic engine for small towns by increasing the value of homes and communities. Washington State’s trails attract visitors from all over the country. National Trails Day reminds us of how fortunate we are to live among some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Oftentimes our trails are pathways to discovering this natural beauty all around us.
The trails on DNR-managed land could not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Folks from all walks of life have contributed their time and energy to trail maintenance, restoration and development projects. In 2009, volunteers logged in more than 73,000 hours on recreation areas maintaining and cleaning trails, campgrounds, and other facilities; working on restoration projects; doing minor repairs; and even providing heavy equipment for large-scale tasks. The value of last year’s volunteer hours amounts to more than $950,000. DNR’s Recreation Program uses these hours as in-kind match when applying for most grant funding.
The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a call to action in continuing the good work of caring for our trails. DNR is committed to sustainable recreation and will continue to provide the resources and opportunities for volunteers to lend a helping hand.
DNR manages more than 5 million acres of state land for the public and trust beneficiaries, generating non-tax revenue for schools, hospitals and other state institutions. These lands are also managed to provide resource protection and recreation.
As long as we continue to practice good stewardship, our trails will remain the guiding paths to discovery and adventure. We encourage you to embark on your own adventures this summer. Join us in celebrating National Trails Day®.
National Trails Day events on DNR-managed lands, June 5.
More information is available at www.dnr.wa.gov/volunteer . Follow the link to the volunteer calendar.
Buck Creek Trail
Contact: Greg Mackey, 509-884-3473 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Capitol State Forest
South of Olympia
Contact: Phil Wolff, 360-596-5145 or email@example.com
Elbe Hills State Forest
West of Mount Rainier National Park
Contact: Nancy Barker, 253-312-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Little River Trail
Near Port Angeles, Olympic National Park
Contact: Wayne Fitzwater, 360-457-2570, ext. 222 or email@example.com
Loomis Natural Resources Conservation Area
Contact: Chris Marcolin, 360-560-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reiter Foothills Forest
Contact: David Way, 360-854-2830 or email@example.com
Tiger Mountain/Little Si
Contact: Kelly Heintz, 425-466-6145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 12 celebration of National Trails Day
Les Hilde/Harry Osborne Trail
East of Sedro-Woolley on Highway 20
Contact: Christ Thomsen, 360-854-2860 or email@example.com
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