FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2013
New green dot roads to open in DNR’s Wenas area
“Hudson Creek Loop” gives Manastash Ridge users better quality of miles
OLYMPIA – Scheduled for the spring 2014 recreation season, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will open approximately six miles of green dot road to vehicular access on the south side of Manastash Ridge.
Managed by DNR’s Southeast Region office, the Wenas recreation area is located southwest of Ellensburg, Washington. It is a popular destination for hunters, hikers, bird watchers, off-road vehicle enthusiasts, equestrians, snow mobile riders, and those who enjoy dispersed recreation such as back country camping.
This fall, DNR made the decision to close the area’s W4210 road, which is approximately two miles in length. This allowed for funding to open and manage the new section of road.
DNR Southeast Region Manager Todd Welker explains, “Earlier in the year, several members of the public approached DNR asking us to consider enhancing public access into Hudson Creek. Our staff assessed the area, made some road improvements, and determined we could promote better recreational access. Users weren’t requesting more miles, but rather a better quality of miles. The new section offers them an improved experience.”
The new section of green dot road, titled “Hudson Creek Loop”, will open motorized vehicle access to the W5620 and W5600 green dot roads.
View a map of the area: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_rec_manastash_map.pdf
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR’s primary responsibility is to manage state trust lands for future generations. In addition, as a steward of public lands, DNR also works to protect the natural resources that support the trust. DNR must balance these obligations with providing enjoyable, safe, and sustainable recreation opportunities.
Recreational opportunities on DNR-managed lands include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, boating, and more. DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide dispersed recreation on trails, trailhead facilities, and primitive experiences in a natural setting.
Media Contact: Jessica Payne, Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator, 360-902-1066, firstname.lastname@example.org
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