FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2011
DNR reopens Samish Overlook day-use area
Volunteers help clean up area after vandals leave downed trees
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that it has reopened the Samish Overlook day-use area in the Blanchard Forest Block, south of Bellingham—thanks to the help of volunteers.
Vandals had cut down 12 trees and left them lying on the ground. The destruction to the trees posed a significant threat to public safety, so DNR staff closed the area until the trees could be cleared. The limbs will be used for mulch at the site.
Sixteen volunteers from the North Cascades Soaring Club worked with DNR staff to clean up the downed trees. The club donated the use of a chipper to help complete the project.
Each year, an estimated 40,000 visitors come to Samish Overlook to picnic and enjoy the view. The overlook is also a popular jumping-off spot for hang gliders and paragliders.
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.
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, DNR Recreation Program Communications Manager,
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