DNR Volunteer Heroes are at it again! Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

Great Gravel Pack-In
Great Gravel Pack-In volunteers are happy to help rain or shine! Photo by: Diana Lofflin/DNR

At DNR, we could not do the work we do without the help of our volunteers statewide. 

The Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presents an annual Volunteer Hero Award to honor extraordinary volunteers who demonstrate leadership and commitment in their service to the DNR Volunteer Program.

The time of year has come where our Volunteer Heroes are at it again. They just can’t help leading volunteer efforts and they are looking for people who are willing to strap on their work gloves and join in the work.

Great Gravel Pack-In
Here Ed Haefliger poses with Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark during the 2011 Great Gravel Pack-In. Photo by: Toni Droscher/DNR

Volunteer Hero Ed Haefliger
In 2013, DNR honored two Volunteer Heroes for sustained service, superior performance, and leadership. Today, we’re excited to announce the continued efforts of one of our Volunteer Heroes, Ed Haefliger.

Ed is said to be “the man behind the Great Gravel Pack-In”. He was instrumental in making this event the largest equestrian volunteer event in our state.

As our equestrian volunteers often commit their efforts to manage trails deep in the mountains and forests, this event helps bring awareness to the vast contribution they make to DNR-managed recreation lands.

Ed’s charisma and dedication to this event has helped make it an annual staple that our volunteers look forward to all year.

Great Gravel Pack-In
The Great Gravel Pack-In brings together volunteers from many different user groups. Photo by: DNR/2010

9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In
Today, the Great Gravel Pack-In attracts volunteer work from the off-road vehicle (ORV) community, mountain bike users, and hikers alike.

They work together to improve trails and campgrounds in the Capitol State Forest.

True to Ed’s vision, the Great Gravel Pack-In has become an annual tradition that showcases and celebrates the value of volunteers and importance of cooperative efforts.

Join the Event

  What   9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In  
  When   March 29, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  Where   Capitol State Forest
Tacoma Trail Cruisers Property

Join DNR staff and volunteers from a variety of recreation interests for the 9th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In.

Learn more about the Great Gravel Pack-In and other volunteer events on the DNR Volunteer Calendar.

Invite your friends on Facebook. Come volunteer and be a hero yourself for a day!

Discover Pass logoVolunteers can get rewards
Did you know that volunteers can earn vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass for their service?

Get details.

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