FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2010
Volunteers wanted: Help clean up state lands on National Trails Day
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invite the public to join volunteers and partner organizations to celebrate National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 5, on state trust lands across Washington.
DNR staff and hundreds of volunteers will repair trails, fix bridges, clear brush, remove invasive plants, and a host of other projects to get trails ready for summer. These work parties are taking place on some of the trails that make Washington such an exceptional state for outdoor recreation.
“National Trails Day is a great way for the public to show their appreciation for these special places,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “On almost any weekend, you can find volunteers giving their time to help on state lands. Volunteers play a key role in the success of DNR’s recreation program.”
DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington state. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.
In 2009, volunteers logged in more than 73,000 hours on DNR-managed 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.
National Trails Day®
National Trails Day was created by the American Hiking Society in 1993. National Trails Day brings together people who enjoy trails and the outdoors to participate in trail work projects, educational workshops, trail dedication ceremonies and other celebrations.
National Trails Day Event Schedule for DNR-managed Lands
All events take place on June 5, except for the Les Hilde/Harry Osborn State Forest trail cleanup, which will be June 12. More information is at www.dnr.wa.gov/volunteer . Follow the link to the volunteer calendar.
Buck Creek Trail
North of White Salmon
9 a.m. to midday. (Followed by a half-day mountain bike ride with celebration)
Join volunteers from the Northwest Trail Alliance and other groups to repair the trails and remove brush.
Directions: From White Salmon, go north on Hwy. 14 for a couple of miles. Turn right onto Hwy. 141 and proceed north. Drive about 2 miles. Turn left at the sign for Northwestern Lake. Follow the road down the hill and across the bridge. Meet at the four-way intersection with Lakeview Road.
Contact: Greg Mackey, 509-899-4825 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Capitol State Forest
South of Olympia
9 a.m. to afternoon. Lunch break at 1:30 p.m.
Join volunteers from the Friends of Capitol Forest to work on multiple trail improvement projects, including a small reroute and fixing continually wet areas.
Directions: Meet at the “Y” intersection of Waddell Creek Road and Sherman Valley Road. Take Delphi Road from Olympia/north or take 128th Ave. from Little Rock/south.
Contact: Phil Wolff, 360-596-5145 or email@example.com
Elbe Hills State Forest
Near the town of Elbe, west of Mount Rainier National Park
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join the Pierce County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington to help clean up and repair trails.
Directions: Meet at Sahara Creek Campground.
Contact: Nancy Barker, 253-312-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Little River Trail
Near Port Angeles, Olympic National Park
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Help volunteers get a section of the trail reopened for horses and pack stock following winter storm damage. Co-sponsors include the Peninsula Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Gray Wolves Trail Crew, and the Olympic National Park. Join volunteers from these organizations to repair a section of the trail that had been closed to horses and pack stock due to winter storm damage. Volunteers can also help install a new bridge.
Directions: In Port Angeles, at 8th and Pine, go south on Pine St., which becomes Black Diamond Rd. Go for 4.8 miles. Turn left on Little River Road (gravel, one lane). Go 0.1 mile. Trailhead parking is on the left.
Contact: Wayne Fitzwater, 360-374-2800 or email@example.com
Loomis Natural Resources Conservation Area
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join DNR staff and volunteers from the Oroville Chapter of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association for trail maintenance work on 2-1/2 to 3 miles of the Snowshoe Mountain Trail, including brush removal, tread work, and repairing erosion and water bars.
Directions: Meet in the town of Loomis at the Kwik Stop promptly at 9 a.m.
Contact: Chris Marcolin, 509-560-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reiter Foothills Forest
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Help install a new kiosk and other signs.
Directions: Meet at the Reiter gravel pit. Travel U.S. Hwy. 2 to the southeast outskirts of Gold Bar. Turn north on Reiter Road and, in less than a mile, you will come to a split in the road. Continue to your right on Reiter Road to the old gravel pit/parking area on the left.
Contact: David Way, 360-854-2830 or email@example.com
Tiger Mountain/Little Si
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join volunteers from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to help with several trail projects in the Tiger Mountain and Little Si areas.
Please register if you plan to attend either the Tiger Mountain or Little Si events: mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/vol-trails-form
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
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join volunteers from the Skagit Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington to work on several projects, including installing a large kiosk at the trailhead and working out on the trail to clear, remove brush, and repair damage.
Directions: From Sedro-Woolley, head east on Hwy. 20 for 10.4 miles. Turn left on Cabin Creek Road. Go 0.2 miles. Turn right on Hamilton Cemetery Road. Go 0.4 miles and turn left on Medford Road; go 1.1 miles to trailhead.
Contact: Christ Thomsen, 360-854-2860 or email@example.com
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.2 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. By law, state trust lands are managed to produce income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s General Fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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