Thankful today, and every day, for DNR’s volunteers

Volunteers clear brush on a trail in Capitol State Forest. Photo/ DNR.
Volunteers clear brush on a trail in Capitol State Forest. Photo/ DNR.

Each year, volunteers of all ages put in hundreds of thousands of hours helping DNR maintain and improve recreation sites, trails, and natural areas on DNR-managed lands.

Last year, we benefited from the highest recorded volunteer hours in more than a decade, and that’s thanks to all of you.

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

  • Helped us care for recreation sites
  • Volunteered for the Forest Watch program
  • Provided information and nature interpretation to school children and other forest visitors
  • Served as a campground host at one of DNR’s 70+ campgrounds
  • Trekked out in the field to collect data or monitor plant species — providing valuable information to staff scientists.
  • Organized volunteer work parties
  • Provided clerical assistance

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

National Trails Day
Volunteers help restore and improve recreation trails on DNR-managed trust lands. Photo/ DNR.

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.

To join the effort, visit our calendar to find a volunteer work party that suits your interests near you. For a round-up of the month’s volunteer events sent right to your inbox, subscribe to our free monthly recreation e-newsletter. For more information, visit our website.

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