It’s National Volunteer Week and DNR’s motorized community is getting into gear!

A young volunteer lends a hand at the 2012 Beverly Dunes Clean-Up. Photo: Eastern Washington Adventures.

A young volunteer lends a hand at the 2012 Beverly Dunes Clean-Up. Photo: Eastern Washington Adventures.

April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has organized a number of opportunities to get involved and improve the recreation available to you on DNR-managed lands.

All across the country we are being reminded of the important role that volunteers have played in making America what it is today. 

More than 64 million people volunteered in 2012 in the United States. They donated personal time to help their communities—from serving food, to improving local parks, and fundraising for charitable organizations.

Why do people volunteer to help their community? Some do it because they feel the need to give something back. Some are looking for an opportunity to gain new skills. Others find that volunteering is just a great way to get out and meet like-minded people. Whatever the motivation, DNR appreciates the hard work people contribute every year.

Don’t forget to thank a volunteer next week.

DNR has planned the following events for the weekend of April 27 and 28. This is your chance to help improve recreation in your community.

Help fix trails this weekend in Little Pend Orielle. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey

Help fix trails this weekend in Little Pend Orielle. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey

Beverly Dunes Clean-Up, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch Group and DNR as they clean up Beverly Dunes. Please bring gloves, lunch, and water.
Contact Mike Williams at 509-925-0973 or michael.williams@dnr.wa.gov

Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail Clean-Up – April 27-28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Help clean up Little Pend Oreille ORV area. Volunteer activities include clearing trails of blowdowns, limbs, and other debris. Please bring gloves, handsaw, axe, appropriate riding gear, lunch, and water.
Contact Kyle Pomrankey at 509-685-2719 or kyle.pomrankey@dnr.wa.gov

Elbe ORV Trail Spring Clean-Up – April 27-28 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Join the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) and Elbe Focus Group for two days of spring cleaning at Elbe State Forest. Everyone should bring gloves, boots (or sturdy shoes), clothing appropriate for the weather, food and water. If you have shovels, rakes or pulaskis, bring them. Some tools will be available.
Contact Nancy Barker at 253-312-4301 or nancy.barker@dnr.wa.gov

Come out and volunteer to receive a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass. Check out more events for the weekend of April 27 & April 28 on our volunteer calendar.

You can find more information on these events on the DNR recreation and events page, and invite your friends to events on DNR’s Facebook page.

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