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

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Groups worked a full day replacing old sections of outdated wooden culverts with modern ones.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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