Seven reasons that DNR is thankful for volunteers

Volunteers move big rock
Volunteers move big rock at a trail maintenance, forest clean-up event. Photo: DNR

Each year, volunteers of all ages put in hundreds of thousand of hours helping DNR maintain and improve recreational sites, trails, natural areas and other outdoor volunteer opportunities on the state trust lands we manage.

Some volunteers devote hundreds of hours;others pitch in a few hours here and there. Either way, we’re thankful to all of those who:

  • Spent countless hours battling blackberries and scotch broom from overtaking trails and natural areas.
  • Volunteered for the Forest Watch Program
  • Provided information and nature interpretation to school children and other forest visitors.
  • Trekked out in the field to collect data or monitor plant species — providing valuable information to staff scientists.
  • Helped us maintain and build recreational trails,
  • Organized volunteer work parties
  • Provided clerical assistance

…and the many other activities that relied on volunteer efforts in the past year.

To all of you, our sincere thanks! And a Happy Thanksgiving.

Did you know that volunteers can earn vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass by putting in 24 hours of time working on eligible projects on recreation lands managed by DNR, Washington State Parks, or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Get details.

 Check out our Volunteer Calendar