Volunteer trail stewards enhancing Blanchard trail experience

Want to get outdoors near Bellingham and participate in rewarding stewardship this Spring? Join DNR staff and partners from the Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintaining Organization (SWITMO) to care for trails in Blanchard Forest.

SWITMO caring for trails on Blanchard Mountain. Photo courtesy SWITMO.
SWITMO caring for trails on Blanchard Mountain. Photo courtesy SWITMO.

They’ve got upcoming work parties April 16, May 7, and May 21. Visit our calendar to for upcoming event details.

Lasting partnerships
Founded in 1999, SWITMO works to care for the Pacific Northwest Trail, a 1,200-mile national scenic trail, as it passes through DNR’s Blanchard Mountain and Anderson forests.

SWITMO volunteers give back to DNR-managed lands on Anderson Mountain. Photo courtesy SWITMO.
SWITMO volunteers give back to DNR-managed lands on Anderson Mountain. Photo courtesy SWITMO.

The 120-member nonprofit drastically improved the previously rock-and-root-laden trail between Chuckanut Drive and Samish Overlook, which also provides access to popular Oyster Dome. They also built Max’s Shortcut, a 1.4-mile connection trail in DNR’s Blanchard Forest.

Learn more about volunteering on DNR-managed lands.

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