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9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In: Come rain or shine 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
March 20, 2014

9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In: Come rain or shine
Public Lands Commissioner Goldmark to speak at annual volunteer event in Capitol State Forest

OLYMPIA – Members of media and the public are invited to join the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and volunteers from a variety of recreation interests for the 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In volunteer event in the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-managed Capitol State Forest.

The Great Gravel Pack-In has become an annual tradition that showcases and celebrates the value of volunteers and importance of cooperative efforts.

 Who:

 


Washington Department of Natural Resources
Tacoma Trail Cruisers
Backcountry Horsemen of Washington
Washington ATV Association
 What:9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In volunteer event
 When:Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 Where:

 

Capitol State Forest - Tacoma Trail Cruisers’ Property
8937 Sherman Valley Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512

Read about the details of the Great Gravel Pack-In event on the DNR ‘Ear to the Ground’ blog at http://bit.ly/1kMQOJd.

This year, Great Gravel Pack-In volunteers will help spread gravel and repair damaged sections of trails in Capitol State Forest. Some may also help clear storm debris and make basic improvements to Middle Waddell and Margaret McKenney campgrounds.

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 edsueh@msn.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.

For more information about the event, contact Nick Cronquist, 360-480-2700, or nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov.

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
  
Media Contact: Jessica Payne, DNR Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator, 360-902-1066, jessica.payne@dnr.wa.gov  

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360-902-1016
dnrnews@dnr.wa.gov

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