Thanks to our volunteers: Southeastern Washington highlights

Volunteers building elk fence at BBQ Flats. Photo/ DNR.
Volunteers building elk fence at BBQ Flats. Photo/ DNR.

This last year was a big year for some of our southeastern Washington forestland, including Teanaway Community Forest, Ahtanum State Forest, and the new BBQ Flats. That’s thanks, in large part, to all of you.

In 2015, volunteers donated 5,855 hours. They spent more than 500 hours volunteering as Forest Watch volunteers and 1,400 at BBQ Flats. Volunteers spent nearly 300 in the Teanaway Community Forest and 2,350 in the Ahtanum State Forest, too.

Some of volunteers’ biggest accomplishments included removing old fence and building 2000′ of new field fence and almost 8000′ of elk fence at BBQ Flats. Volunteers also installed 55 new fire rings and 40 new picnic tables at Teanaway Campground in the Teanaway Community Forest. Volunteers in the Ahtanum State Forest, Naneum Ridge State Forest, Elk Heights, Rattlesnake and Beverly Dunes patrolled miles of green dot roads, maintained signage, and helped to keep campgrounds and roads clean.

Volunteers install new picnic tables at Teanaway Campground. Photo/ DNR.
Volunteers install new picnic tables at Teanaway Campground. Photo/ DNR.

This work couldn’t be done without the valuable efforts of our volunteers and partners.

Special thanks to:

Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (Wenas, Tahoma, Pierce County, Lewis County, Mount Adams, Purple Sage Riders, Trail Dusters chapters), Eastern Washington Adventures, Jeeping Nomads, Yakima Valley Timberwolves, Selah Cub Scouts, Sky Meadows Residents/Sky Riders Snowmobile and ORV Club, Wenatchee Mountain Masters, Yakima Ski Benders, Friends of the Teanaway, Washington Aerospace Club and Chelan Flyers, Master Hunters, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Mount Adams Snowmobile Club, Yakima County Search and Rescue, Kittitas County Field and Stream and all of the individuals who came out to lend a hand.

Thank you for the continued support of DNR’s recreation program and recreation opportunities across the state. Here’s to accomplishing even more in 2016. To learn more about volunteering with DNR visit our website.