Top stories of the year: DNR looks back at 2013

It was the Year of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac, a time for steady progress and attention to detail. For the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the top events of 2013 — judging by how many of you clicked to read postings on this blog — were:

whidbey-landslide

Whidbey Island Coupeville Landslide

Early in the morning of March 27, 2013, residents along Driftwood Way in the Ledgewood Beach Community at Coupeville on Whidbey Island awoke to a noise that sounded like thunder or a sonic boom. It was a massive landslide — officially dubbed the Ledgewood-Bonair Landslide — that put more than a dozen homes at high risk and destroyed access roads but, fortunately, caused no injuries or deaths. DNR geologists were on the scene the next day to assess the situation.

Reiter 4X4

ORV trails open at Reiter Foothills Forest

After many months of planning, assessing community input and construction, several recently completed ORV trails for single-track, ATV and 4X4 enthusiasts reopened this summer at the popular Reiter Foothills near Gold Bar. The rehabilitated site has proven popular with outdoor recreationalists.

TigerMtnBike trail

New Tiger Mountain trail for mountain bikers

Lying so close to the populous Seattle-Tacoma Everett corridor, the DNR-managed Tiger Mountain State Forest is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. This past September saw the of the new East Tiger Summit Trail, 1.4 mile mountain bike trail that required nearly a year of construction and hundreds of hours of volunteer support.

Teanaway Community Forest

Teanaway Community Forest introduces new way of managing public forestlands

Not just the State’s largest land acquisition in almost a half century, the 50,272-acre Teanaway Community Forest is a new way of managing public forests in Washington State. Situated at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed (map), the Teanaway Community Forest is collaboratively managed by DNR and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife with significant public input from a community-based advisory committee.

Capitol State Forest map

New Capitol State Forest map

Everyone loves a new, especially a free map, and especially if it is for Capitol State Forest. This update to our 2002 edition contains new road names, updated trail locations, more precise elevation data and detailed maps of popular destinations in and near the forest, such as the Middle Waddell, Margaret McKenny, and Mima Falls areas. Did we mention that the new Capitol State Forest Map is now geo-referenced, making it ideal to download onto your smartphone.

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