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Get ready for the 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn”

April 26, 2015
Volunteers help clean up the Yacolt Burn State Forest in a previous "Pick Up the Burn" event. Photo/DNR.

Volunteers help clean up the Yacolt Burn State Forest in a previous “Pick Up the Burn” event. Photo/DNR.

In its 13th year, theYacolt Burn State Forest-based “Pick up the Burn” brings ORV riders, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders together to help improve Yacolt Burn State Forest trails. This year’s work will include picking up littler, site maintenance, and improving campgrounds to prepare for the summer season.

This is the 13th annual "Pick Up the Burn," a Yacolt Burn State Forest volunteer event. Photo/DNR.

This is the 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn,” a Yacolt Burn State Forest volunteer event. Photo/DNR.

Want to get involved? 
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015
Yacolt Burn State Forest
Meet at the Jones Creek ORV trailhead

Getting there

  • Start in Camas at junction with SR-14. Go N on SR-500 for 3.8 miles to Fern Prairie
  • Turn right on NE 19th St. and go .8 miles.
  • Turn right on NE Reilly Rd., which becomes NE 292 Ave. Go 1.9 miles.
  • Turn right on NE Ireland Rd.
  • G .2 milies, turn left on NE Lessard Rd. At 2 miles, pavement ends.
  • Continue on gravel road for 1.6 miles to trailhead.

Visit DNR’s volunteer calendar for more information or check out this year’s flier.

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DNR’s Dry Hill gears up for the races

April 24, 2015

Need a thrill this weekend? Look no further than Dry Hill, a gravity – or downhill – mountain biker’s dream located on DNR-managed land near Port Angeles.

Riders gather at NW Cup, an annual downhill mountain biking race at DNR's Dry Hill.

Riders gather at NW Cup, an annual downhill mountain biking race at DNR’s Dry Hill.

Today through Sunday the large network of downhill mountain biking trails will be the setting for the first and second round of races in the nationally acclaimed NW Cup.

A downhill mountain biker races at Dry Hill.

A downhill mountain biker races at Dry Hill.

DNR manages Dry Hill in partnership with Olympic Dirt Society, which has a stewardship agreement with DNR to maintain the trails.

With this unique relationship, you’re more than welcome to ride Dry Hill, but vehicle access to the site is limited to trail maintenance and events.

Interested in riding Dry Hill? Send an email to olympicdirtsociety@yahoo.com.

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Celebrate National Picnic Day with DNR

April 23, 2015

Today is National Picnic Day and we’re celebrating with a roundup of recreation opportunities on DNR-managed land sure to be the perfect setting for a picnic. Read on to find a site near you.

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

Samish Overlook, Blanchard Forest, Skagit County 
At an elevation of 1,300 feet, Samish Overlook has stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Skagit Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you watch hang gliders and paragliders take off and soar over Skagit Valley.

Murdock Beach, Olympic Region, near Port Angeles 
Murdock Beach, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, gives visitors a view of Vancouver Island. This is the only public beach access for 12 miles between Camp Hayden and the East Twin River.

Beaver Creek, Elbe Hills State Forest, near Elbe
Beaver Creek Trailhead, in the Elbe Hill State Forest, provides visitors with access to non-motorized trails. There are also high lines for horses. The forested setting is perfect for a picnic.

Douglas falls campground

Douglas Falls Campground offers a volunteer camp host site, campsites and a day-use area. Photo: DNR

Douglas Falls Grange Park and Campground, near Colville 
The 120-acre Douglas Falls Grange Park is surrounded by mountains of rocky bluffs and conifer forests. Mill Creek runs through the campground with a 60-foot waterfall. Enjoy a picnic at its day-use area.

Merrill Lake Campground, Merrill Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area, near Cougar 
Merrill Lake Campground includes a lake formed by a volcano. Merrill Lake also has catch-and-release fly-fishing, non-motorized boating and a 1-mile interpretive trail through mature trees.

Beverly Dunes Recreation Area,  near Beverly 
Beverly Sand Dunes offers ORV riders a dose of excitement.  Enjoy a picnic at one of its 11 campsites.

Have another area in mind? Before you make the drive, check our website to see what’s open and closed. Make sure to bring a Discover Pass to continue celebrating recreation on DNR-managed land all year long.

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Get outside and give back this weekend

April 10, 2015
Samish Overlook

Year-round, volunteers help keep DNR-managed rec sites clean, safe, and healthy. Photo by: DNR/Rick Foster

Coming up short on weekend plans? Consider giving back to recreation areas on DNR-managed lands.

Each year volunteers give their time to care for our 140-plus recreation sites. At 75,780 hours, last year our best year for volunteerism ever.

We’d like to give a big thank you to our volunteers. To get involved, find a volunteer event near you this weekend:

Yacolt Burn Motorized Trail Building, near Vancouver
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 – April 19

Little Pend Oreille ORV Annual Trail Clean-up, near Colville
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 and April 11

Rock Creek Spring Clean-up, near Vancouver
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Oyster Dome Work Party, in Skagit County
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11

Walker Valley Public Outreach Party and Annual Garbage Clean-up, near Mount Vernon
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Tiger Mountain Trail Maintenance, near Issaquah
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Wildfire Awareness and Campground Clean-up, near Yakima
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11

Oyster Dome Work Party, in Skagit County
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 12

Head to our volunteer calendar for more information. Want to stay in-the-loop with DNR’s recreation program? Subscribe to our e-newsletter today.

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Check out DNR’s newest trail map: Walker Valley ORV Area

April 9, 2015

Headed to Walker Valley ORV Area near Mount Vernon? Check out our brand new trail map of the 36-mile system. Walker Valley is a hub for ORV recreation. It has opportunities for 4×4, ATV, motorcycles, and even mountain bikers and hikers.

Walker Valley ORV Area, near Mount Vernon, is a 36-mile trail system with 4x4, motorcycle, and even mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Walker Valley ORV Area, near Mount Vernon, is a 36-mile trail system with 4×4, motorcycle, and even mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Walker Valley also has regional views of north Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.

Walker Valley ORV Area, near Mount Vernon, is a 36-mile trail system with 4x4, motorcycle, and even mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Walker Valley ORV Area, in Skagit County, is a multi-use recreation destination. Photo/ DNR.

Check out our trail maps Web page for other DNR recreation areas near you. Have another site in mind? Before making the drive, check our website to see what’s open and closed.

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The Great Gravel Pack-In by horse or horsepower

April 1, 2015

Ever wondered what it’s like to participate in the Capitol State Forest’s Great Gravel Pack-In? Check out the following clips and become part of a pack train with Ruby, a 7-year-old quarter horse ridden by Cherri Wright. Or, take a spin atop a Yamaha Grizzly 700 with Troy Braley.

Both Ruby and the Grizzly were Great Gravel Pack-In first-timers, though this year marks the event’s 10-year anniversary. Through their efforts, and with the help of sponsors Back Country Horsemen of Washington, the Washington ATV Association and Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club, volunteers and their chosen beasts of burden moved nearly 15,000 pounds of gravel to repair a mile-and-a-half section of trail on Saturday.

The event showcases the combined efforts of all-terrain vehicle riders, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers, who come together to care for the trails they love most. Over the last 10 years Great Gravel Pack-In volunteers have reinforced more than 13 miles of trail in Capitol State Forest.

If it looks like fun, we hope you’ll be like Ruby and the Grizzly and join us next year for your first Great Gravel Pack-In, too.

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Rec alert: Temporary closure at Lower Trailhead parking lot in Blanchard Forest

March 19, 2015

Heading to the Blanchard Forest near Bellingham? The Lower Trailhead parking lot will be temporarily closed starting 8 a.m. Monday, March 23 through 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26 as DNR staff re-gravel the parking area.

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR


During the closure, please head to the Upper Trailhead parking lot to explore DNR recreation opportunities in the Blanchard Forest Block.

Lily Lake campground is a backcountry campground with six campsites in  the Blanchard Forest. Photo: DNR

Lily Lake campground is a backcountry campground with six campsites in the Blanchard Forest. Photo: DNR

The Upper Trailhead provides the main access for non-motorized recreation in the southern portion of the Chuckanut Mountains.

The trailhead ascends to backcountry campgrounds at Lilly and Lizard Lakes, as well as much of the largely connected non-motorized trail system in Blanchard Forest.

Trails provide views of Samish Bay, the San Juans, and pristine forest lakes.

For more information about the temporary closure, contact the DNR’s Northwest Region office at 360-856-3500.

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Communities taking action against wildfire hazards

March 9, 2015

More people than ever live in the wildland-urban interface, the transition zone between developed areas and wildlands–a zone where destructive wildfires can and do occur. Cisco Morris, book author and popular television and radio gardening show host, shows you how to make your community more resistant to wildfire.

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Communication site leases support schools and counties

February 19, 2015
Grass Mountain communication site

A privately contracted technician repairs microwave dishes on a DNR-leased communication tower on 4,382-foot-high Grass Mountain in King County. PHOTO: Steve Diamond/NW Tower Eng Inc.

Communication site leases were a small-but-visible contributor to the $265 million in leasing and product sales revenues that DNR produced from state trust and aquatic lands last year. Our Communication Site program generated more than $4.28 million from some 100 wireless telecommunication sites in fiscal year 2014. State trust lands provide many ideal locations for communications towers—hilltops and mountaintops throughout many parts of Washington state–that private firms and other agencies lease to carry their radio, television, microwave, cellular and other wireless signals to urban and rural communities. State trust land beneficiaries receiving communication site revenues last year included K-12 public school construction ($1.9 million) and public services in several counties ($1.4 million).

See a list of DNR-managed communication sites by county.

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Planting for success

February 9, 2015

Here are six tips from a DNR urban forester on how to properly care for your trees. Well-cared-for trees provide a lifetime of benefits.

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