On September 12 & 13, if wind and weather conditions are favorable, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may conduct a controlled burn at Rocky Prairie Natural Area Preserve.
The road will be closed for crews to replace a fish passage culvert that is currently blocking salmon from spawning up river.
Elfendahl Pass inaccessible during road closure
There will be no access to the Elfendahl Pass Staging Area and trailhead during the week-long closure. Elfendahl is a main trail access point for both motorized and non-motorized recreationists. Users are encouraged to use the Mission Creek Trailhead instead via NE Belfair Tahuya Road.
It’s that time again! The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling for you to nominate your favorite, most rockin’ volunteer for the 2013 Commissioner’s Volunteer Hero Award.
The Commissioner’s Volunteer Hero Award was established to salute DNR’s volunteers who have dedicated their time, enthusiasm, and efforts to support several of DNR’s programs.
This award not only recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has shown tireless commitment, it also celebrates all of DNR’s valuable volunteers.
Thanks to the volunteer efforts of members of the Skagit Chapter Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, repairs to the Mac Johnson trail are complete.
In July, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had to close the Mac Johnson Trail in Harry Osborne State Forest, managed by DNR’s Northwest Region. A puncheon bridge had failed, creating unsafe conditions. Now repairs are complete and the trail can once again be enjoyed by it’s usual horseback riders and hikers.
Members of the Skagit Chapter Backcountry Horsemen brought the DNR’s attention to the situation and offered to repair the bridge if the DNR provided the materials. Working together, we were able to repair and reopen the bridge in a timely manner.
Read about the original closure here.
Please think of the efforts of these volunteers as you enjoy DNR managed trails this summer!
Get your Discover Pass
The pass is your ticket to recreation access on nearly 7 million acres of state lands. Find out more at: buydiscoverpass.com
Report any illegal activity to DNR’s Forest Watch program at 1-855-883-8368 or email@example.com.
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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched a video campaign featuring a Sasquatch family to remind people that a Discover Pass is required when visiting Washington state-managed recreation lands.
The Discover Pass is a vehicle access pass required on all Washington state-managed recreation lands. The fine for not displaying a Discover Pass is $99.
An annual pass costs $35 and a one-day pass is $11.50 (including transaction fees).
The Discover Pass may be purchased:
More videos and a ‘Meet the Family’ bio is available at BuyDiscoverPass.com
The Washington State Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, DNR, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). State recreation lands include state parks, boat launches, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails, and trailheads. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
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The Squatches are a fun-loving, outdoorsy family that moved to the ‘burbs to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
These weekend warriors love the millions of acres of Washington state-managed lands where they can fit all their outdoor activities into one, action-packed trip.
Interesting fact: Stands 9’2”, wears a size 39CC shoe
Likes: Fishing, spending time with the family, cutoff shorts
Dislikes: Neckties, litter, city-living, Big Foot hoaxes
Interesting fact: Wants to have her own show on HGTV about cooking ‘found foods’
Likes: Shopping, backpacking, organic gardening, volunteering to clean up the trails
Dislikes: Flip phones, unattended campfires
Interesting fact: Hopes to one day meet Smokey Bear
Likes: Hula hoops, road kill burgers and fries, camping trips
Dislikes: Organic gardening, wearing shoes, taking baths
Today, the Discover Pass hit a new milestone. With over 800,000 passes sold since 2011, today for the first time ever, a Sasquatch was spotted purchasing a Discover Pass.
The Discover Pass is a vehicle access pass required on all Washington state-managed recreation lands including state parks.
Take a walk on ‘the wild side’ and discover Washington’s other first family.
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The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to let you know about some temporary changes you may find visiting Yacolt Burn State Forest and Larch Mountain.
Tarbell Trail Closure
DNR will temporarily close the non-motorized Tarbell trail in Yacolt Burn State Forest for forest management purposes and for public safety reasons.
The Tarbell trail will be closed between the trailhead and Rock Creek Campground Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 16.
Dole Valley Road Construction
Clark County will be doing construction on the Northeast Dole Valley Road that may affect your trip.
Road work will begin the week of August 12 and may last three to four weeks. Please be cautious of heavy machinery in the area and unfamiliar conditions.
Yacolt Burn State Forest is managed by DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region. Learn more about recreation in this area on our website at http://bit.ly/PacificCascadeRecreation.
Help DNR and report any illegal activity to DNR’s Forest Watch program at 1-855-883-8368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September 12 update - The Garden Loop Trail will reopen today after being closed due to wildfire. All trails originally closed due to the 444th fire are once again open to the public.
August 1 update - The main Mount Si and Little Si trails reopen today after being closed due to wildfire.
Please use caution while using the trails, as conditions may have changed since your last visit. Also, be aware of fire crews and heavy machinery still working in the forest.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed several trails in the Mount Si system due to wildfire.
These trails will be closed until further notice to protect the public and allow firefighters to safely do their job.
Where can I go instead?
Want to avoid the commotion on Mount Si? We recommend you visit Tiger Mountain instead. You may discover your new favorite trail on West Tiger Mountain NRCA or Tiger Mountain State Forest. You can also find beautiful vista views at the top of the Rattlesnake Mountain trail, which starts at the Rattlesnake Lake Trailhead. See our Recreation Guide for adventure ideas.
Mount Si Wildfire
The 444th Wildfire is burning in steep rocky terrain at the base of Mount Si, between the Mount Si and Little Si trails. The fire is currently 95% contained at 18 acres. DNR fire managers ask that the public remember to practice good stewardship of our state’s natural resources and be careful when recreating in wooded areas. (more…)
Looking for inspiration for your next nature adventure? Try the Northeast Region of Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This region of DNR manages the northeastern corner of Washington State; counties like Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, and Spokane.
Too far to visit just to plan a vacation?
No worries, now you can take a virtual tour of many of the beautiful recreation sites this area has to offer on DNR’s Flickr page. Here’s a taste…
Like what you see?
DNR’s Northeast Region offers a wide array of recreational opportunities. With 27 recreational sites that include campgrounds near lakes and rivers, single-track motorcycle trails, high country hiking and horseback riding, and lowland hunting, you’re sure to find something for your friends and family to love. (more…)