FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2010
State DNR to unveil proposed motorized recreation trails and facilities for Reiter Foothills Forest
The public is invited to an open house learn more December 8
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to learn more about the proposed motorized recreation trail system at Reiter Foothills Forest at an open house on December 8 in Snohomish.
DATE: Wednesday, December 8
TIME: Show up anytime between 6:30 and 8 p.m.
PLACE: Snohomish County Parks and Recreation office
Willis Tucker Community Park
6705 Puget Park Dr.
Map to office
At the open house, attendees can view maps of the proposed single-track, quad, and 4x4 trails, special trials areas, technical challenge courses, and facilities such as trailheads. In addition, DNR staff will be on hand to talk more about the next steps for motorized recreation development, including the upcoming State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process scheduled for later in December.
“We’re making great progress in developing the motorized trail system at Reiter Foothills Forest,” said Ben Cleveland, Acting Region Manager for DNR’s Northwest Region. “A lot of people in the motorized community provided valuable input and spent a lot of time in the field marking proposed trail locations. We really appreciate all their hard work.”
The Reiter Foothills Forest recreation plan was completed last April. Since then, DNR staff and volunteers have been working on developing trail systems for both motorized and non-motorized recreation activities.
For more information, contact Candace Johnson, Assistant Region Manager for State Lands in DNR’s Northwest Region, at 360-854-2803 or email@example.com.
Recreation planning on DNR-managed lands
One of the tools DNR uses to manage recreation includes developing comprehensive recreation plans to ensure public safety and to help protect wildlife habitat, water quality, and natural resources on state trust lands.
DNR-managed lands provide more than 1,000 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Most of these recreation areas are located on state trust lands, which provide revenue for public institutions such as K-12 schools.
DNR’s primary responsibility is to manage these trust lands to earn a continuous flow of revenue for this and future generations of trust beneficiaries—the state’s public schools and universities, county services in many counties, and more. As a steward, DNR manages the lands sustainably to protect water, fish, and wildlife. In addition, DNR must provide safe and sustainable recreation opportunities on state trust lands, provided they are compatible with the agency’s obligations to the trusts.
Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, boating, and more. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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