If you hike Mailbox Peak, enjoy the waters of the Snoqualmie River Valley, launch from Poo Poo Point or bike on East Tiger Mountain, you’ve experience first-hand the mark that one of DNR’s longtime staffers have had on some of DNR’s most-loved landscapes. Last weekend, the Washington State Trails Coalition recognized this, too, by awarding their lifetime service award to DNR’s Doug McClelland, who will be retiring this winter after 37 years with the agency.
A founding member of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Doug has been instrumental in preserving some of Washington state’s most cherished natural landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities, from Mount Si to Rattlesnake Mountain. He helped DNR adopt the Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan in 2015. The plan provides guidance for managing, developing and preserving recreation experiences across these landscapes well beyond his time with DNR — for the next 10 to 15 years. Reflective in most of his work, Doug brought diverse interests together to harness support for preserving recreational access and broaden understanding for DNR’s responsibility to generate revenue for public services.
Serving on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Board of Directors, a DNR collaborative partner, Doug will continue to shape the recreational experiences for all who enjoy trails from Seattle to Ellensburg.
Founded in 1999, the Washington State Trails Coalition is a nonprofit that focuses on protecting, promoting and enhancing trails statewide. To see a complete list of their 2016 awards, visit their website.
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