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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          

October 27, 2009

DNR asks visitors to state lands to pack out what they pack in
Garbage service to end in eight campgrounds in Clallam and Jefferson counties

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has suspended garbage service at eight DNR campgrounds on state trust lands in Clallam and Jefferson counties. DNR asks the public to please pack out what they pack in.

Garbage service is being suspended at these campgrounds due to recent budget cuts to DNR’s Recreation Program. DNR no longer has the staff resources necessary to provide routine garbage pickup or the funds necessary to pay for landfill tipping fees. Last week, DNR began work to remove garbage cans and post signs requesting the public to carry out their garbage.

The following campgrounds will no longer have garbage service:

Clallam County

  • Bear Creek Campground

Jefferson County

  • Hoh Oxbow Campground
  • Coppermine Bottom Campground
  • Cottonwood Campground
  • South Fork Hoh Campground
  • Willoughby Campground
  • Minnie Peterson Campground
  • Upper Clearwater Campground 

These areas are particularly popular with hunters and sport-fishing enthusiasts at this time of year.

For more information, contact Cathy Baker, Asset Management Program Manager for DNR’s Olympic Region, at 360-374-2860 or cathy.baker@dnr.wa.gov .

Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.1 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. By law, DNR manages state trust lands to produce income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s general fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.

DNR-managed lands provide a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.

DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.

Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications and Outreach Manager, 360-902-1523 or toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov.

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