Shout out: DNR staff recognized for trail work

One of our recreation staff received national recognition in late May for his outstanding contributions to trail planning, developing, and building. Sam Jarrett, who works in DNR’s South Puget Sound region, received American Trails’ national award, the 2015 Trail Work Award, and manages recreation in one the state’s most-loved landscapes, the Snoqualmie Corridor.

Sam Jarrett, who manages recreation in DNR's landscapes in the Snoqualmie Corridor, received a 2015 Trail Worker award from American Trails. Photo/ American Trails.
Sam Jarrett, who manages recreation in DNR’s landscapes in the Snoqualmie Corridor, received a 2015 Trail Worker award from American Trails. Photo/ American Trails.

This area includes Tiger Mountain State Forest, the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), the Middle Fork NRCA, West Tiger Mountain NRCA and the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, and receives 800,000-plus visits each year. Sam uses his nine years of DNR recreation experience to create a legacy of recreational trail experiences on this landscape visitors can enjoy for years to come.

Off-the-Grid Trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest.
Mountain biker enjoying the Off-the-Grid Trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest. Photo/ DNR.

Sam was nominated by one of DNR’s partners, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA). EMBA and DNR are working together to develop premier mountain biking opportunities in the corridor, such as east Tiger Mountain’s 15-mile system and future opportunities in the Raging River State Forest.

Sam has also helped to continue partnerships with the Washington Trails Association, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and offer volunteer opportunities for the public to get involved, too.

Want to see the trails for yourself? With so many recreation opportunities, like Mailbox Peak, Mount Si, Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, and Tiger Mountain State Forest, it’s easy to spend a day exploring the Snoqualmie Corridor. Visit our website to see what’s open and closed before you make the drive.

Visit our Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan to learn more about recreation planning in the Snoqualmie Corridor.

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