April 8, 2013
Commissioner of Public Lands to participate in Great Gravel Pack-In on April 13
Volunteers needed to help get trails ready for the recreation season
OLYMPIA – On Saturday, April 13, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will join more than 100 volunteers at the Capitol State Forest for the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in. Commissioner Goldmark, who administers the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will spend the day hauling and spreading gravel and rock to repair and reinforce trails in Capitol State Forest with the help of horses, mules, and all-terrain vehicles. The event starts with a safety meeting and welcoming comments at 9 a.m. at Margaret McKenny Campground.
| Who:||DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region staff, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, Washington ATV Association, and other volunteers|
| What: ||8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in|
| When: ||9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 13|
| Where: ||Margaret McKenny Campground, Capitol State Forest|
| Why: ||Each year, volunteers from diverse recreation interests get together to help repair trails and get them ready for the May 1 season opening of equestrian use.|
Information for volunteers
- Check in with DNR staff at the welcome tent.
- Safety meeting begins at 9 a.m.
- All stock animals need to be pre-approved prior to the day of the event. Contact Ed Haefliger, 360-427-4297, or email@example.com
- Bring water or beverage of your choice, snacks, gloves, and raingear (depending on the weather).
- Lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
- No dogs allowed, for the safety of pack animals.
- Latecomers are welcome.
Directions to Margaret McKenny Campground
From I-5 take Exit #95 and head west on Maytown Road for approximately 3 miles. At Littlerock, the road becomes 128th Ave. Continue about a mile until the road ends at the “T” intersection of the Waddell Creek Road and Mima Road. Turn right on Waddell Creek/Mima Road and continue for 2.5 miles. Entrance to the campground is on the left. Drive through and look for parking directions.
For more information about the event, contact Nick Cronquist, 360-480-2700, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers and DNR: An enduring partnership
Volunteers play a key role in keeping DNR recreation areas open and safe for the public. Volunteers help maintain trails and facilities, pick up litter, participate in work parties, provide information to visitors, alert law enforcement to any suspicious activities, and much more. Each year, volunteers spend tens of thousands of hours working to improve recreation on DNR-managed lands. Many of these hours can be used as in-kind match when DNR applies for grant funding. Volunteers can also earn volunteer vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass for 24 hours of work on approved projects. DNR posts its recreation volunteer projects on the web at www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/OtherRecreationInformation/Pages/amr_rec_volunteer_calendar.aspx
Web links: New Capitol State Forest map is hot off the presses!
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Recreation Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, email@example.com
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