September 19, 2011
Commissioner Peter Goldmark to dedicate new shelter, viewing platform at McLane Nature Trail
Event kicks off National Public Lands Day celebrations
OLYMPIA – Members of the media and public are invited to join Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, partners, and guests for a dedication of the new shelter and viewing platform at McLane Creek Nature Trail just outside Olympia on Friday, September 23. Joining the commissioner will be staff from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), which provided much of the grant funding for the project, and staff and volunteers from Thurston County Stream Team and WSU Native Plant Salvage Project.
This event will kick off National Public Lands Day celebrations in western Washington on lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The official date of National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 24.
|Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark (DNR)|
Kaleen Cottingham, RCO Director
Ann Marie Finan, Education and Outreach Specialist, Thurston County Stream Team
Erica Guttman, Program Coordinator, WSU Native Plant Salvage Project
|What:||Dedication of new shelter and viewing platform. |
Volunteer work party to improve the trail follows.
|When:||Friday, September 23|
1:30 p.m. — volunteer registration and orientation.
2:00 p.m. — Welcoming remarks from Commissioner Goldmark and guests, dedication, and acknowledgements.
|McLane Creek Nature Trail - 5300 Delphi Road, Olympia|
• From northbound Hwy 101, take The Evergreen State College exit.
• Take the Mud Bay exit.
• Go left at the stop sign and left again on Delphi Road.
• At 3.4 miles, turn right at the DNR McLane Creek Nature Trail sign.
|The new shelter provides a protected venue for the many outdoor classrooms—both K-12 and college—and nature programs that use McLane Creek. The new viewing platform provides a sustainable way for the public to view the creek without trampling vegetation and damaging the streamside habitat. During the fall chum salmon run, this platform will provide a commanding view of the spawning activity. |
Toni Droscher, DNR Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, firstname.lastname@example.org
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