FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2010
State DNR, Olympic National Forest, Olympic National Park to host open house to recruit volunteers
Event coincides with National Public Lands Day
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Olympic Region, Olympic National Forest Pacific District, and Olympic National Park are hosting an open house for anyone interested in learning about volunteer opportunities in state and federal forests on the Olympic Peninsula. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 24, at DNR’s conference room at 411 Tillicum Lane in Forks.
The Public Lands “Get Involved” Sign-up Volunteer Event is held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, which is Saturday, September 25. People across the nation will celebrate public lands by doing volunteer projects or participating in special outings.
At the September 24 open house, potential volunteers can learn about a variety of opportunities with DNR, Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park:
- Forest watch program: Be the eyes and ears in the woods. Report suspicious activities, illegal dumping, and any other abuse to the forests, waters, trails, and roads.
- Campground hosts: Be a welcoming presence at local campgrounds, greet visitors, and explain the rules.
- Keep local campgrounds clean and maintained: Volunteer to help with ongoing and future restoration projects, cleanup, maintenance, and more.
- Adopt-A-Trail Program in Olympic National Park: sign up for specific volunteer trail projects throughout the park.
- Volunteer at the Matt Albright Native Plant Center: Volunteers are needed to support Olympic National Park’s nursery operations throughout the winter months; tasks include repotting plants, planting seeds, caring for plants, and completing small maintenance tasks.
For those who sign up to volunteer, DNR will sponsor follow-up events later in the year or next spring, including relevant training for various volunteer positions.
For more information, contact:
- Cathy Baker, DNR, 360-374-2860, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dean Millett, Olympic National Forest, Pacific District Ranger, 360-374-1222, email@example.com
- Maggie Tyler, Olympic National Park, 360-565-3141, Maggie_Tyler@nps.gov
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.9 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.
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.
DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park (ONP), established in 1938, protects 922,651 acres, 95 percent of which are designated “wilderness.” Often referred to as "three parks in one," ONP features 73 miles of rocky Pacific coastline, vast expanses of rain forest valley and glacier-capped peaks in the park's mountainous core. Olympic National Park offers numerous recreational opportunities for its more than 3 million annual visitors with 16 developed campgrounds, 64 trailheads and 611 miles of trails throughout the park. For more information, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/olym .
Olympic National Forest — Pacific Ranger District
The Pacific Ranger District manages the 272,632 acres on the west side of the Olympic National Forest. The district includes 7 campgrounds, more than 45 miles of trails, the Colonel Bob Wilderness, 2 visitor information centers, and 2 temperate rain forests—the Quinault Rain Forest at Quinault and the Bogachiel Rain Forest, 10 miles south of Forks. Two new projects include the partnership with Clallam County to construct the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 130-mile route from Port Townsend to LaPush, and the establishment of the Bogachiel system as part of the Pacific Northwest Trail system. Additional information is available on the Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic .
Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Millett, District Ranger, Pacific Ranger District, (360) 374-1222, or email@example.com
Maggie Tyler, Olympic National Park, 360-565-3141, or Maggie_Tyler@nps.gov
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