FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2010
Celebrate National Public Lands Day by volunteering on state lands Sept. 25
State DNR and partners to host events across Washington
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 Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25, on DNR-managed lands across Washington.
Hundreds of volunteers will join DNR staff and partner organizations to repair trails, clean up garbage, clear brush, remove invasive plants, dig ditches, and a host of other projects at selected DNR-managed recreation areas and Natural Resources Conservation Areas. Following the work parties, many locations will have guided tours with field staff.
“For generations, Washingtonians have enjoyed recreating on DNR-managed lands. Given our state’s growing population and increased demand for space, there is an even greater pressure on these lands,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “National Public Lands Day is an opportunity for people to come together and share their appreciation for Washington’s natural heritage and to make a difference.”
DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout the state. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.
In 2009, volunteers logged more than 73,000 hours in 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. This year volunteers are on target to donating 90,000 hours of their valuable time. 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 Public Lands Day event schedule for DNR-managed lands
All events take place on September 25, except for the volunteer open house in Forks, which is on September 24.
Olympic Peninsula Public Lands ‘Get Involved’ Volunteer Open House
Friday, September 24
1 to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
DNR, Olympic National Forest, and Olympic National Park (ONP) are co-hosting an open house to recruit volunteers for a number of projects and special programs throughout the year. Volunteers can sign up to be campground hosts, participate in forest watch patrols, help maintain campgrounds and trails, and help at the ONP plant nursery. Location: DNR’s Olympic Region Office Conference Room, 411 Tillicum Lane, Forks.
Contact: Cathy Baker, DNR, 360-374-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 25 events
Little Pend Oreille Trail System
24 miles east of Colville off Highway 20
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers will help DNR staff install new signage in the Little Pend Oreille Trail System.
Location: Sherry Creek Campground
Contact: Brett Walker, DNR, 509-684-7474 or email@example.com
Lummi Island Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA)
5 miles across Bellingham Bay from Fairhaven District
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
DNR and Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE) will be replacing old, dilapidated and unsafe picnic tables with new, galvanized, steel/composite wood tables. (Note: this event is only accessible only by boat. All volunteers are responsible for providing their own water transportation.)
Location: Lummi Island NRCA, southeast side of Lummi Island (south of Inati Bay)
Contact Christ Thomsen, DNR, 360-854-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Wallis, WAKE, email@example.com.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DNR is partnering with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to do maintenance along Tiger Mountain Trail and clean up the Highpoint Trailhead area. Help build a turnpike and possibly assist in relocating an existing trail. Volunteers will also help remove invasive species, primarily targeting blackberry, ivy and holly. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust will provide tools and project supplies. (Don't forget to bring a lunch, gloves, and water.)
Location: Highpoint trailhead
If you’d like to participate in this work party, please pre-register through Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust at http://mtsgreenway.org/
Contact: Kelly Heintz, DNR, 425-466-6145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Ullman, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, email@example.com or 206-812-0122.
Washougal Oaks Natural Area
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join DNR and Washington Veterans Conservation Corp volunteers to help install wire cages and weed fabric to protect 400 newly planted native Oregon white oaks. A guided tour follows the work party. Bring gloves, lunch, and water.
Location: Meet at the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal
Directions to the area: From Vancouver, take Highway 14 east towards Camas/Washougal. After 16 miles, turn left at 15th street in Washougal. Turn right on A Street. Take second right onto 7th Street. Parking lot is on left. Carpool from this location.
Contact: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR, 360-575-5056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area Work Party and Guided Trail Walk
8 miles north of Olympia
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Help restore native shoreline forests by removing invasive species. Go for a guided interpretive trail walk. View wildlife in their natural habitat. Learn more about restoration plans for the nearshore and intertidal areas.
Contact: Birdie Davenport, DNR, 360-596-5144 or email@example.com
Yacolt Burn State Forest 8th Annual “Pick up the Burn”
Registration: 8 a.m.
Safety briefing: 9 a.m.
Join DNR and partners from Piston’s Wild Motorsports and Eagle Scouts to help remove litter, do general maintenance, and paint.
Location: Jones Creek Off-road Vehicle Trailhead (southern part of the forest) and Rock Creek Campground (northern part of the forest).
Contact: Nick Cronquist, DNR, 360-575-5016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on National Public Lands Day events on DNR-managed land is at www.dnr.wa.gov/volunteer —follow the link to the volunteer calendar. Or, go to DNR’s Facebook events page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olympia-WA/WashingtonDNR/273352136518?v=app_2344061033.
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.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, or email@example.com .
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