For Immediate Release
February 20, 2009
DNR announces the Capitol State Forest Fourth Annual Great Gravel Pack-in March 7 at Mima Falls Trailhead
OLYMPIA – On March 7 at 9 a.m., staff from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and many dedicated volunteers will gather with horses and mules to pack in gravel on the trail leading out of the Mima Falls Trailhead. This popular Capitol State Forest trail is used by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. During the winter, muddy holes form as the gravel is washed away or covered by dirt, and new gravel must be applied.
Last year’s event drew 129 volunteers who spread more than 10 tons of rock and gravel. The department anticipates an even larger turnout of recreation groups and individuals this year.
Information for volunteers
The event begins with a safety meeting at 9 a.m. and will continue until all the designated tasks are accomplished. Lunch will be provided.
On arrival, please check in with DNR staff at the welcome tent. You must sign in to get your volunteer information packet and work assignments.
Bring some water or a beverage of your choice, gloves, and raingear, if necessary. If you have square five-gallon plastic buckets, please bring them to help with the gravel hauling.
All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Observers must stay clear of the working and stock sites.
For the safety of animals and people, dogs will not be allowed under any circumstances.
If you have any questions or would like approval to provide packers and pack stock for the event contact: Event Coordinator, Ed Haefliger, 360-427-4297, firstname.lastname@example.org , or DNR Volunteer Coordinator, Nick Cronquist, 360-480-2700, Nick.Cronquist@dnr.wa.gov .
Capitol State Forest
Conveniently located just five miles from Olympia, Capitol State Forest is a popular place for a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Open to the public since 1955, campers, hikers, hunters, horseback riders, mountain bikes, and motorcycle riders all play here. Whether spending a week in a campsite, an hour picking mushrooms or taking an afternoon drive for the scenic views, more than 150,000 people visit the forest each year.
Capitol Forest is divided into two parts to prevent conflicts between motorized and non-motorized recreation. Motorized recreation, like ORVs, is allowed on the north half, and horseback riding is limited to the south. Mountain bikers and hikers use both halves of the forest, with some trails limited to hikers only.
Trails are open year-round for hikers and mountain bikers. Trials for motorized vehicles and horseback riders are open from April through October, along with the forest campgrounds. Trail closures during the winter help DNR protect forest soils and streams that are important for fish habitat.
With Washington's population increasing, and more and more forest land being developed, there are fewer forests for people to enjoy. As a working forest, Capitol State Forest can continue to be a place where people work and play outdoors, where the harvesting and replanting cycle brings an unending stream of revenue to the school and county trusts, and where native plant and animals and their habitats thrive – for centuries to come.
Media Contact: Princess N. Jackson-Smith, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1066,
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