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. 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.
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
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