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Join the 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

March 18, 2014
Great Gravel Pack-In

Great Gravel Pack-In volunteers are happy to help, rain or shine!
Photo by: Diana Lofflin/DNR

Join DNR staff and volunteers from a variety of recreation interests for the 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The Great Gravel Pack-In has become an annual tradition that showcases and celebrates the value of volunteers and importance of cooperative efforts. See photos from past events on the DNR Flickr page.

This Year’s Activities
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.

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What 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In
When March 29, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where Capitol State Forest
Tacoma Trail Cruisers’ Property

 

 

Ron Downing at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Ron Downing at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Learn more about the Great Gravel Pack-In and other volunteer events on the DNR Volunteer Calendar.

Invite your friends on Facebook. Come volunteer and be a hero for a day!

What to Expect
Volunteers should bring work gloves, water, and rain gear to this event. A barbeque lunch will be provided by the Tacoma Trail Cruisers.

We ask that children under the age of 18 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also, for the safety of horses and pack stock, please do not bring dogs.

Event Partners
A special thanks to the following groups for partnering with DNR on this event:

Discover Pass logoVolunteers can get rewards
Did you know that volunteers can earn vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass for their service?

Get details.

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DNR Volunteer Heroes are at it again! Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

March 4, 2014

Great Gravel Pack-In

Great Gravel Pack-In volunteers are happy to help rain or shine! Photo by: Diana Lofflin/DNR

At DNR, we could not do the work we do without the help of our volunteers statewide. 

The Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presents an annual Volunteer Hero Award to honor extraordinary volunteers who demonstrate leadership and commitment in their service to the DNR Volunteer Program.

The time of year has come where our Volunteer Heroes are at it again. They just can’t help leading volunteer efforts and they are looking for people who are willing to strap on their work gloves and join in the work. (more…)

Volunteer Hero Ron Downing Honored at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

April 17, 2013
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark shakes the hand of Ron Downing as he receives a Volunteer Hero Award. Photo: Dana Leavitt, DNR.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark (right) presents Ron Downing a Volunteer Hero Award. Photo: Dana Leavitt, DNR.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark made a special appearance at the Great Gravel Pack-In volunteer event in Capitol State Forest last weekend and presented a Volunteer Hero Award to a very deserving volunteer, Ron Downing.

Ron has been a long-time volunteer for the Washington State Department of Natural Resource (DNR). He has contributed hundreds of hours to develop equestrian trails in the DNR-managed Elbe State Forest. His passion for equestrian recreation opportunities has been passed down to the numerous volunteers he organizes and trains to develop sustainable trails.

Ron is a great leader with an ability to organize reliable pack animals and riders. He has used these skills to help make the Great Gravel Pack-In a success, year after year, for the last eight years.

Commissioner Goldmark presented a certificate, a jacket, and a Volunteer Hero patch to Ron at the event he works so hard for every year.

“Ron Downing is a dedicated volunteer who inspires the best in all of us. His enthusiastic support makes events like the Great Gravel Pack-In a great success,” said Peter Goldmark. “It is a pleasure to recognize Ron’s volunteer accomplishments today.”

Volunteer Hero Award

Volunteer Hero Award recipients were selected from a pool of individuals nominated by the public in September. DNR received nominations for 19 volunteers from across the state. Two other volunteers, Tom Faubion and Bob Langley, received their award at a 2012 recreation leadership meeting in Seattle.

DNR will open nominations for the 2013 Volunteer Hero Award in September.

Ron Downing at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Ron Downing at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

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Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark welcomed volunteers from across the state at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

April 16, 2013
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark greeted and mingled with almost 90 volunteers who braved the rain to shovel gravel, load up pack stock, and hike to the work site. Photo: Diana Lofflin

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark greeted and mingled with almost 90 volunteers who braved the rain to shovel gravel, load up pack stock, and hike to the work site. Photo: Diana Lofflin

The 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In, held on Saturday, April 13, in Capitol State Forest, drew a large crowd this year. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark greeted and mingled with almost 90 volunteers who braved the rain to shovel gravel, load up pack stock, and hike to the work site.

Check out photos from the event!

The event was an opportunity for people with diverse recreation interests, from ATV-riders to horseback riders, to come together to clean up the trails. This year, the focus was on the new Equine Loop Trail, much to the delight of the 28 mules and horses who came out to ‘volunteer’.

In the true spirit of volunteering, the motorized community helped spread rock on non-motorized trails. These folks were a big help in moving some of the 32 yards of gravel with just 12 quads and trailers.

Curious about the numbers? Check out the breakdown below:

  • 1 Commissioner of Public Lands
  • 89 volunteers
  • 28 mules and horses
  • 12 quads and trailers
  • 32 yards of gravel total (7 yards moved by horses; 25 yards moved by quads)

    In the true spirit of volunteering, the motorized community helped spread rock on non-motorized trails. These folks were a big help in moving some of the 32 yards of gravel with just 12 quads and trailers. Photo: Diana Lofflin

    In the true spirit of volunteering, Washington ATV Association helped spread rock on non-motorized trails.  Photo: Diana Lofflin

DNR would like to thank all the volunteers and the following groups for their contributions:

  • Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) helped sponsor the event.
  • Pierce County Chapter BCHW assisted by cooking food for hungry volunteers.
  • Washington ATV Association co-sponsored the event and brought members out to work on non-motorized trails.
  • Friends of Capitol Forest donated equipment and tents to help out the volunteers.
  • House Brother’s Construction contributed by donating the outhouses on the trail.
  • Northwest Epic Series ‘fueled’ the day with a hot breakfast for everyone.

    Ed Haefliger, one of the founders of the of the Great Gravel Pack-In announces the tasks to the equestrian group. Photo: Diana Lofflin

    Ed Haefliger, one of the founders of the of the Great Gravel Pack-In announces the tasks to the equestrian group. Photo: Diana Lofflin

Finally, special thanks to Ed Haefliger, one of the founders of the event. After eight years, he has decided to move into a supportive role so he can have more time to work on his other projects. He also turned 70 years old this year, and volunteers celebrated with a cake during the lunch.

Inspired to volunteer? Check out DNR’s volunteer calendar and invite your friends!

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Volunteers make a huge difference at the 7th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in

April 4, 2012
Great Gravel Pack-in 2012 participants

Group shot: Participants in the 7th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in. Photo: Brian Poehlein/DNR

DNR and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark would like to thank all the volunteers–people, horses, and mules–who toughed out a morning of rain, snow, and wind last Saturday at the 7th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in in Capitol State Forest. By the end of the day, the commissioner, DNR staff, 142 volunteers, and two dozen horses and mules were working under warm temperatures and sunny skies. Volunteers put in more than 1,200 hours and hauled 45 yards of gravel by quads and 6 yards by horse or mule.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark at the Great Gravel Pack-in

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark (in blue jacket) and volunteers ride out to the site of this year's Great Gravel Pack-in trail project. Photo: Barb Downing/Volunteer

As in years’ past, this event drew people from a variety of recreation interests. Not only was the equestrian contingent well-represented, the event also attracted mountain bikers and off-road vehicle (ORV) riders.

Volunteers worked in several areas of the forest, including a new year-round 3-mile equestrian-only trail loop, expected to open later this year. 

Motorized recreation enthusiasts also worked on the Mima Porter #8 and Greeline #6 trails out of Mima Falls Campground.

Special thanks go to the following:

  • Dr. Jack Gillett and volunteers from the Pierce County Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) who made a hot lunch from scratch and served it to the hungry crowd.
  • House Brothers Construction, Inc.  from McCleary for donating and delivering outhouses.
  • Friends of Capitol Forest (FOCF) for donating equipment for cover and seating.
  • The Lacey Wal-Mart for donating snacks.
  • Many volunteer groups including: WA-ATV, River City Motorcycle, several chapters of BCHW, McCleary Riders, Washington Competitive Mounted Orienteering, FOCF, local neighbors, and many staff from DNR.

Don’t forget! May 1 marks the season opener for motorized and equestrian use in Capitol State Forest.

And don’t forget your Discover Pass, which is now transferable between two vehicles!

Interested in more volunteer events on DNR-managed lands? Visit our online volunteer calendar to find out what’s happening.

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Volunteer opportunity: Great Gravel Pack-in March 31 in Capitol State Forest

March 23, 2012

 

Great Gravel Pack-in 2011

Volunteers form a bucket brigade of gravel for horses and mules to haul to trails during last year's Great Gravel Pack-in. Photo: Alan Pankau/volunteer

DNR needs volunteers to help get trails ready for the May 1 season opening in Capitol State Forest. Join other equestrians, off-road riders, and mountain bikers to help haul and spread gravel and improve trails from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Margaret McKenny Campground.

The 7th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in will start off promptly at 9 a.m. with a safety meeting, welcoming comments, and general directions for the day. Lunch will be provided. This year, there will also be live entertainment with singing cowboys during lunch!

Information for volunteers:

  • Check in with DNR staff at the welcome tent.
  • Safety meeting begins at 9 a.m.
  • Bring water or beverage of your choice, gloves, and raingear (weather depending).
  • No dogs allowed, for the safety of pack animals.
  • Latecomers are welcome.
  • 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.  

Directions to Margaret McKenny Campground: From I-5 take Exit #95 and head west on Maytown Road for approximately 3 miles. At Littlerock, the road becomes 128th Ave. Continue about a mile until the road ends at the “T” intersection of the Waddell Creek Road and Mima Road intersections. Turn right on Waddell Creek/Mima Road and continue for 2.5 miles. Entrance to the campground is on the left. Drive through and look for parking directions

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

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Volunteers tough out rain, hail, wind to help improve trails in Capitol State Forest

April 6, 2011

Photo of pack stock and people at Great Gravel Pack-in.

Horses and pack stock line up for a load of gravel (in buckets) to take to a section of the Waddell Loop Trail. Photo: Alan Pankau

Neither persistent rain, stinging hail, nor relentless wind could deter some 130 hearty volunteers and 29 horses and pack stock from participating in the 6th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in at Capitol State Forest last Saturday, April 2.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark was on hand to greet the volunteers and thank them for helping to provide access to safe and sustainable recreation on state trust lands. The commissioner also hiked up to the north end of Waddell Loop Trail where volunteers were shoveling gravel into buckets for pack stock to haul to a trail section where another group of volunteers helped spread and tamp the rock firmly into place.

 

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Volunteer opportunity: Help improve trails in Capitol Forest at the Great Gravel Pack-in April 2

March 24, 2011
Off-road riders and equestrians work on trail repair in Capitol Forest.

ORV riders and equestrians work together to repair trail during last year's Great Gravel Pack-in. Photo: Tiffany Reed/DNR

People, horses, pack stock, and all-terrain vehicles will come together Saturday, April 2 to beef up non-motorized trails in Capitol State Forest at the 6th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in.

If you like to recreate in the forest and want to help improve trails, please join us!

The event starts off with a safety meeting at 9 a.m. at Margaret McKenny campground. Sign in to pick up your volunteer packet and get a work assignment. (more…)

Saturday’s Great Gravel Pack-in cancelled due to soggy and snowy conditions

March 2, 2011

The Sixth Annual Great Gravel Pack-in in Capitol State Forest originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 6 is cancelled. Recent snows have not melted in some of the trail areas that were going to be worked on, and other areas are too soggy for horses and pack stock.

This event is rescheduled for Saturday, April 2, starting at 9 a.m., at Margaret McKenny Campground.

For more information, contact Nick Cronquist, 360-575-5016.

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