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Once again, DNR’s National Trails Day® volunteers are outstanding!

June 7, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to give a huge shout-out to our great volunteers. Last Saturday, volunteers from all over the state dedicated their time to build, maintain, and clean-up DNR’s recreation sites and trails for National Trails Day® 2013.

National Trails Day

DNR volunteers make all the difference in keeping your favorite recreation areas healthy and beautiful.

Those who came out donated their time, sweat, and muscle to one of twelve  DNR-hosted events across Washington State. Here are some examples of their successful restoration and clean-up efforts:

Blanchard Volunteer

Hundreds of volunteers donated their time to DNR-managed land this National Trails Day®.
Photo by: DNR/Christ Thomsen
June 1, 2013

Blanchard State Forest – near Bellingham
This event had 93 human volunteers with 9 stock animals helping out. In all, 646 hours of labor were donated.

Recreationists from the hiking, trail running, mountain biking, equestrian, paragliding, and hang gliding communities came out to work together. Read more about this event and see photos on the Blanchard Forest National Trails Day® Flickr set page.

Capitol State Forest – near Olympia
Groups worked a full day replacing old sections of outdated wooden culverts with modern ones. They also improved drainage along the trails.

Volunteers spent time on rehabilitating the Green Line Trail to remove fallen rocks and debris from the C-Line fire and firefighting operations. Read more about this event and see photos on the Capitol Forest National Trails Day® Flickr set page.

See great photos from more DNR National Trails Day® 2013 events on our Flickr page.

Get involved
Want to lend your helping hands to improve your favorite DNR-managed recreation area? DNR hosts volunteer events year-round. Find an event near you at http://bit.ly/DNRvolunteer. You can also share our events and invite your friends on Facebook at http://bit.ly/DNRevents.

DNR loves its volunteers!
In 2012, DNR volunteers donated more than 70,000 hours on recreation projects. Their efforts range from cleaning up garbage to building sustainable trails.

Volunteers can get rewarded for their hours by working towards a voucher for a complimentary Discover Pass. In 2012, volunteers redeemed 386 free Discover Pass vouchers. Donate your time and you can get one too.

Awesome job volunteers! DNR couldn’t keep these sites so healthy without you!

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DNR looking for a volunteer host for Dragoon Creek Campground

May 17, 2013
dragoon creek

A picnic area and meadow on a sunny summer day at Dragoon Creek. Photo By: DNR/ Diana Lofflin

Have you ever spent a weekend camping and thought to yourself; “Man, I wish this didn’t have to end”? Well it might not have to. DNR is looking for a volunteer campground host for Dragoon Creek Campground and you may be just the person for the job.

Volunteer campground hosts play a crucial role in protecting our most popular recreation areas. They maintain the areas, answer questions for the public, and work directly with DNR staff. Volunteers serve as a direct contact with law enforcement, and their presence is a reminder to the public that we all work together to preserve state lands. Without volunteer campground hosts, we wouldn’t be able to keep some of these areas open.

See photos of Dragoon Creek Campground near Spokane here.

Dragoon Creek Campground is a local favorite for its remote feel regardless of being conveniently located so close to town. The campground is just 14 miles north of Spokane, and boasts 22 developed campsites, RV access, drinking water, restrooms, and campfire pits throughout the grounds. Host site amenities include water, power, sewer, and phone to make things a little more comfortable.

All hosts must complete Basic First Aid training and pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check.

If you’ve made it this far and you’re still interested, you can contact Kyle Pomeranky for more information at 509-685-2719, or kyle.pomrankey@dnr.wa.gov

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Volunteer at a National Trails Day event and make a difference!

May 13, 2013
Trails Day 2012 volunteers in Blanchard Forest. Photo by: DNR

Trails Day 2012 volunteers in Blanchard Forest. Photo by: Diana Lofflin, DNR

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is June 1. With the recent heat wave, it’s a great time to get out there and enjoy some of Washington’s beautiful trails. Celebrate National Trails Day® by volunteering to improve and develop the trails you love, at one of the many Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) events.

National Trails Day® is a celebration of the vast system of trails in the United States. All across the country organizations, as well as individuals, are organizing events to encourage people to experience the nature that surrounds them.

National Trails Day® is also a day to celebrate the volunteers that make it all possible. For every breathtaking view we have the chance to experience, there’s a volunteer who gave their time to share it with us.

Introduce a friend to Washington’s beautiful trails and invite them to one of these National Trails Day® volunteer events on June 1.

Tiger Mountain National Trails Day Event® – Near Tacoma

Help DNR and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance construct a new non-motorized trail in East Tiger Mountain State Forest. To join in the fun, please sign-up through the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Volunteers working on the Tarbell Trail. Photo by : Joshua Riepe

Volunteers work on the Tarbell Trail. Photo: Josh Riepe, DNR

Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail Maintenance Day June 1- National Trails Day – Near Colville

Come out to Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail and help get the trails ready for the busy season. Volunteers will clear trails of brush, limbs, and other debris. We will also be working to replace boards on bridges, clean out culvert headwalls, and digg out or install waterbars.

Blanchard Forest National Trails Day® Event – Near Bellingham

Join a variety of groups as they work together to clean up Blanchard Forest. There is work for all skill and fitness levels. North Cascade Soaring Club, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Skagit Chapter BCHW, Whatcom Chapter BCHW, and Whatcom Trails Cooperative are co-sponsoring the event.

Selah Cliffs NAP National Trails Day Event® – Near Yakima

Help pull knapweed along the valley bottom and clean-up the interpretative trail at Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve. Bring along work gloves, sturdy work shoes, lunch, water, sunscreen, and small digging tool if possible. Some tools will be available to use.

Reiter Foothills National Trails Day Event® – Near Gold Bar

Volunteers will work on ATV trails. Please bring your ATV and trailer to haul rock. If you don’t have one, there will also be opportunities to use powered wheel barrows, install signs, and other activities to build trails.

Tarbell Trail National Trails Day® Volunteer Event, Yacolt Burn – Near Vancouver

The Chinook Trail Association and volunteers will work on the Tarbell Trail between the L1300 Road and Cold Creek Day use area. We will harden the trail, do drainage maintenance, and possibly install skid resisters on puncheons.

Wedekind Trail National Trails Day® Volunteer Event, Capitol State Forest – Near Olympia

Join the Friends of Capitol Forest in replacing a section of old wooden puncheons with a number of culverts and improving drainage along the trail. Volunteers will also work on rehabbing the Wedekind Trail to remove fallen rocks and debris from the C-Line fire and fire fighting operations.

National Trails Day® on Mailbox Peak – Near North Bend

Join DNR and the Mountains to Sound Greenway at mailbox peak to continue construction of the new sustainable hiking trail. Visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway website to sign up for the event.

Nicholson Horse Trails MaintenanceNear Elbe

Join DNR and the Pierce County Backcountry Horsemen to do maintenance on Nicholson Horse Trail. Backcountry Horsemen will provide a late lunch at the end of the day for the trail workers.  Coffee and sweets in the morning!

Mt Tahoma Trails Maintenance June 1 and June 2Near Ashford

Mt. Tahoma Trails Association and DNR will be working together to do trail maintenance on June 1 and June 2. To join in the fun meet at the Ashford Fire Station, at 29815 Hwy 706 E, by 10 a.m. Dinner on Saturday will be provided in Ashford by the Mt Tahoma Trails Association.

We’ll see you on the Trails!

If you’d like to know more about volunteer opportunities on DNR managed lands check out the DNR volunteer events page.

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Take a hike…a nature hike that is! Celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week with DNR

April 26, 2013
Photo of wildflowers at Lacamas Prairie. Photo: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR.

Photo of wildflowers at Lacamas Prairie. Photo: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR.

Today kicks off Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington, and as spring brings the landscape to life around us, it’s a great time to celebrate Washington’s diverse ecosystem. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting events across the state.

 April 27 — A native plant walk at the Lacamas Prairie Natural Area Preserve (near Camas) is scheduled for anyone interested in an informative tour of some of Washington’s native flora.

April 27 — Celebrate native plants with a nature hike at West Tiger Mountain (near Issaquah)

May 4 — Wildflower Hike at Columbia Hills State Park. Join DNR staff and State Park staff for a hike around Columbia Hills State Park.

Find out more about Native Plant Appreciation Week (more…)

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

April 22, 2013
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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Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering with DNR

April 18, 2013
DNR Volunteer

Join DNR this Earth Day by volunteering on state lands. Photo by: DNR

Earth Day is coming around again this Monday, April 22. It also happens to land within National Volunteer Week. With so much to celebrate, this is the perfect time to get outside and help the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) improve some of the recreation areas we love so much.

Join DNR this coming Saturday, April 20 at one of the many volunteer opportunities on DNR-managed lands. Be prepared to participate in site clean-up activities, including helping with facility, sign, and trail maintenance. Many DNR volunteers are working towards a voucher for a complimentary Discover Pass.

Mima Mounds Work Party near Olympia, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 20.
Show your kids and friends the importance of preserving our Natural Areas at the mysterious Mima Mounds near Olympia, Washington. After volunteering, stick around for an interpretive walk guided by DNR staff near the end of the day. Contact Birdie Davenport 360-902-1434, or roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov 

Capitol Forest Earth Day Work Party near Olympia, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 20.
Join Friends of Capitol Forest and REI for a day of volunteering at Capitol State Forest. Volunteers will work on finishing the Porter Trail. Lunch will be provided for volunteers during the event. Contact Nick Cronquist at 360-480-2700 or nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov

Clean the Tahuya Work Party near Belfair, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 20.
Get the Tahuya State Forest ready for summer recreation. Join volunteers to pick up garbage and clean-up the forest. Celebrate Earth Day with a barbeque lunch with fellow volunteers. Contact Jesse Sims at 360-801-5097 or  jesse.sims@dnr.wa.gov

Samish Bay Trail Clean-Up near Bellingham, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 20.
Help maintain the Samish Bay Trail with Washington Conservation Corps members. There is work for volunteers of all skill and fitness levels. Contact Christ Thomsen at 360-854-2860 or christ.thomsen@dnr.wa.gov

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.

Invite your friends to events on our Facebook page.

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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 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…)

Picture gallery: The dirt on volunteering at Mima Mounds NAP

March 21, 2013

On February 23, volunteers were greeted with a sunny and beautiful day at Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (NAP).

Mima Mounds NAP Volunteers

Check out our photo gallery and find links to upcoming volunteer events helping DNR maintain your natural areas.   (more…)


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