Posts Tagged ‘trust land’

Recreation Alert in Blanchard Forest: Road maintenance is complete

April 25, 2013
Volunteers help with a temporary fix to the roads up to the Blanchard Forest. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Volunteers help with a temporary fix to the roads up to the Blanchard Forest.
Photo by: DNR/Diana Lofflin

Update June 25:
Road maintenance on the Blanchard Forest roads is complete.

Please recreate with caution as finished roads may be unfamiliar and there could be heavy equipment in the area. Read our Forest Road Survival Guide before you go to brush up on your forest road safety. Enjoy!

What construction was happening? Read on for our original alert… (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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Volunteers to the rescue after a bizarre series of car fires in Walker Valley ORV Area

March 22, 2013

Members of the Rainier Ridge Rams, a 4×4 club, came to the rescue when two off-road vehicles caught fire at the Walker Valley ORV area last week. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the heavy rains kept the fire from spreading.

Special thanks to the volunteers who helped remove abandoned and burnt cars in Walker Valley. From left to right: Kevin Vanderhorst, Jim Paget, Alexis Kodoskey, Anneliese Muller, and Kyle Farrar. Photo: DNR

Special thanks to the volunteers who helped remove abandoned and burnt cars in Walker Valley. From left to right: Kevin Vanderhorst, Jim Paget, Alexis Kodoskey, Anneliese Muller, and Kyle Farrar. Photo: DNR

Continue reading to find out about the bizarre chain-of-events that led up to the fire, how Rainier Ridge Rams stepped in to help DNR, and see photos of the fires’ aftermath. (more…)

Lyre River Campground closed due to vandalism

March 20, 2013
The Lyre River Campground is closed after vandals stole $800 worth of wood from picnic tables. Photo: Wayne Fitzwater, DNR.

The Lyre River Campground is closed after vandals stole $800 worth of wood from picnic tables. Photo: Wayne Fitzwater, DNR.

Update: April 1, 2013 – Lyre River Campground is now open.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed the Lyre River Campground in Clallam County. Why? Because of safety concerns after vandals stole recently installed several picnic tables. The sharp metal edges of the fasteners pose a safety risk. The campground will likely reopen in two weeks after the missing wooden tabletops and benches are replaced.

The missing pieces
DNR Recreation staff were surprised and disheartened to find that the new sections of picnic tables they had installed the previous week…were missing.

“Our recreation program has a limited budget. When vandals steal $800 worth of supplies, it directly impacts everyone’s recreation experience.”
-Wayne Fitzwater
DNR Recreation Manager

Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.

If you have any information on the missing wood from the picnic tables, please contact the Olympic Region Office at 360-374-2800.

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Hooves and wings unite to clean up Samish Overlook

March 18, 2013
Equestrian riders and paragliders come together to volunteer at Samish Overlook. Photos: Rick Foster, DNR.

Equestrian riders and paragliders come together to volunteer at Samish Overlook. Photos: Rick Foster, DNR.

Samish Overlook in Blanchard Forest near Bellingham (map), not only offers stunning views of the San Juan Islands, but also is a place where hikers, paragliders, and equestrian riders work together to preserve this beautiful recreation area.

On March 9, almost 40 volunteers came out to clean-up Blanchard Forest and the overlook. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to thank each of these volunteers for their hard work and the following partner organizations:

  • North Cascade Soaring Club
  • Whatcom Back Country Horsemen
  • Skagit Back Country Horsemen 

Check out photos from the event and the fun volunteers had after they cleaned up the site!

Equestrian riders clean up trails

A horse and rider take a break after spending the morning clearing trails at Blanchard Mountain.

A horse and rider take a break after spending the morning clearing trails at Blanchard Mountain. Photo: Rick Foster, DNR

Ten volunteers brought their horses and rode up from the lower trailhead to clear brush and wind throw from the trails. They split into 2 groups and covered 7 miles of trail with enough time to meet up with other volunteers at the overlook for lunch. They continued working in the afternoon with the rest of the volunteers at Samish Overlook.

Paragliders and other volunteers clean up Samish Overlook

Volunteers clean up a paragliding launch site at Samish Overlook. Photo: Rick Foster, DNR.

Volunteers clean up a paragliding launch site at Samish Overlook. Photo: Rick Foster, DNR.

At Samish Overlook, about 30 folks spent time spring cleaning the overlook. The work consisted of removing grass in the gravel paths and putting down 6 yards of new gravel. Other volunteers were weed eating and clearing short brush from the paragliding launch sites. Volunteers also filled in ruts at one of the launches, cleared around plants that were put in last year, and picked up garbage around the site.

Volunteers were able to get a lot of work accomplished with time to take advantage of the great weather to play…check out the photos!

Find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities in your area or join us and invite your on April 13 for another Samish Overlook volunteer event.

Related blog: Thank you volunteers! Blanchard Forest has new horse mounting blocks

Discover Pass 

Don’t forget your Discover Pass, your ticket to millions of acres of state-managed recreation land.

 

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Temporary closure of ORV trail and bridge at Walker Valley

March 11, 2013
Walker Valley sign

EZ Valley Connector Trail in Walker Valley is temporarily closed. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

3/15/13 UPDATE: The EZ Valley Connector Trail and bridge are now open.  

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed the EZ Valley Connector Trail in the Walker Valley ORV riding area to conduct emergency bridge repairs. The trail was closed to protect public safety.

4×4 vehicles and other ORV users can use the Upper Mainline Trail to access the upper half of the trail system (see map).

DNR expects the trail to reopen in 2 weeks.

Check DNR’s recreation page to find the latest information on openings and closures in Walker Valley and other DNR-managed areas.

And don’t forget your Discover Pass, your ticket to millions of acres of recreation opportunities on Washington state-managed recreation lands. The Discover Pass is now transferable between two vehicles.

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Top 5 reasons to download the new Capitol State Forest map onto your smartphone

March 5, 2013
The new Capitol State Forest Map is now geo-referenced, making it ideal to download onto your smartphone. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

The new Capitol State Forest Map is now geo-referenced, making it ideal to download onto your smartphone. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

Are you ready to take your outdoor recreation adventure into the digital world?

The new 2013 Capitol State Forest map has been developed to easily download onto your smartphone or tablet.  

The smartphone is becoming an outdoor recreationist’s most trusted side-kick. With a built-in GPS unit, camera, compass and technology to track your trip, the smartphone is becoming another handy tool to have in the woods.

Here are 5 reasons to try it out today:

  1. Stay safe. Capitol State Forest is over 100,000 acres with trails and roads intersecting across the landscape. When you download the map to your phone, you have up-to-date trail and road names at your fingertips.
  2. No cell service? No problem! If you download the map into an app service (explained below) the map will still work even if you are out of cell range using your phone’s GPS chip.
    *Bonus Tip: Save battery power and turn your cell on airplane mode.
  3. Photo-capture your favorite spot.  With your geo-referenced Capitol Forest Map, you can take a picture of your favorite lunch spot, write a note, and tag its location on your phone to show it off to your buddies next time you are out.
  4. Are we there yet?! With accurate longitude and latitude programed into the map, you will know exactly where you are and how far the next stop is on your trail adventure.
    *Bonus Tip:  Some apps even offer a measuring tool as part of their options.
  5. FREE map! Can’t beat free and convenient, right?!

Ready to give it a try? Follow the easy steps below to get started. (more…)

Make your voice heard. What information do you need for your epic DNR-recreation adventure?

February 20, 2013

Spring is in the air and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants your opinion on ‘sprucing up’ our online recreation information.

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Please take three minutes to tell us how we can help you gear up for your next DNR recreation adventure.

Do you love DNR’s Facebook posts?
Are you anxious for the latest Capitol State Forest Map?
Can you find what you are looking for on our website?
…Now is your chance to let us know.

Hurry, the survey closes March 8.

Please share with your friends and make an even bigger impact.

“What you invest your time in defines who you are.”
-Todd Duncan

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Survey icon design by Rémy Médard.

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A Day in the life: Recreation Planning Committee

January 15, 2013
Members from the Snoqualmie Corrdior Planning Committee explore the landscape. Photo: Laura Cooper, DNR.

Members from the Snoqualmie Corrdior Planning Committee explore the landscape. Photo: Laura Cooper, DNR.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to help plan for recreation development on thousands of acres of land?

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has citizen-based planning committees who are given the opportunity to draft recommendations on recreation planning efforts on state trust lands and natural areas across Washington State. Their commitment will mean more recreation opportunities for you.

Many of our committee members learned about these planning efforts through DNR’s recreation e-news. Here’s a look at two planning efforts nearing completion – Tahuya and Green Mountain State Forests and the Snoqualmie Corridor recreation plans – and what it’s like to participate.

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No cutting of Christmas trees in State Trust forests…there are other places you can go

November 27, 2012
This young stand of fir trees on state trust lands will provide habitat and trust revenue into the future. Photo: DNR

Hunting for and cutting your own Christmas tree is a grand tradition—we get that. And some trees in state trust forests are lovely—but DNR does not allow cutting here.

We manage  the 2.1 million acres of trust forests sustainably for habitat, clean water and continuous stream of revenue for beneficiaries such as public schools, universities, and public services in many counties.

When we hold timber auctions, we seek the highest return to fund these trust beneficiaries, which means waiting until the trees reach maturity. 

Below is a list where you can go to legally cut your own Christmas tree in Washington State. Contact your local USDA Forest Service Office, or support your local private tree farm:

National Forests
Colville National Forest 
Gifford Pinchot National Forest 
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Olympic National Forest
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Private tree farms
Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

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