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Explore DNR-managed lands from green dot roads

October 28, 2015

Enjoy forest drives, wildlife viewing, camping, or hunting? DNR has just the place for you – a network of green dot roads in southeastern Washington.

DNR manages a green dot road system in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and private landowners to provide opportunities for dispersed recreation, or recreating outside of our designated trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas.

Whites Ridge Rd in Ahtanum S.F.

Off-road-vehicle riders from the All Wheelers Off Road Club follow Whites Ridge Road in the Ahtanum State Forest. Photo: Clay Graham

View our green dot road maps for: 

The Green Dot Road Management System was established in the early 1980s as a means to provide connections across a landscape of checkerboard ownership made up of DNR land and WDFW land. You can locate green dot roads by using the maps above, and looking for reader boards and route markers with green dots when you’re out exploring.

Check out our forest road survival tips before you go hunting. For hunting information, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website. Remember to bring a Discover Pass, your gateway to exploring Washington’s great outdoors.

County burn bans may still be in effect in various locations throughout Washington.  Check with your community fire district for local information. Before having a campfire, check to see if there are any fire restrictions for your area.

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Creek, pond and mountain ‘notch’ to get new names

October 26, 2015

A proposal by McCleary School students to call this previously unnamed pond ‘Wildcat Pond’ for their school mascot will go before the state Board of Natural Resources soon for final consideration. Photo: DNR.

Students at McCleary School got something to cheer about on Friday (October 23). The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names advanced their request to designate a previously unnamed pond near the school as Wildcat Pond in honor of the elementary school’s mascot. That proposal, which passed muster with the McCleary City Council in 2014, now heads to the Board of Natural Resources for a final confirmation. If approved, it will become the official name listed on state maps and documents. The proposal’s next, and final, stop, would be the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

The committee, also gave its blessing on Friday to two other requests from the public: Designate an unnamed waterway in Jefferson County as Cooper Creek to honor early homesteaders in the area, and name a notch, or pass, on the southern flank of Mount Rainier for Capt. George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy. While Vancouver likely never set foot in that area, he did describe it in his journal during a voyage to this area in 1792.

The all-volunteer committee of experts and interested parties was created by the state legislature to weed through proposals from the public to name geographic features. This article in the Tacoma News Tribune describes the process in detail. The most current proposals — all submitted by Washington residents — are on the DNR website.

The formal geographic naming process we use today was created in 1890 by presidential order because surveyors, map makers, and scientists needed uniform, non-conflicting geographic nomenclature. In this age of geographic information systems and the Internet, standard geographic names are more important than ever.

Enjoy thru-hiking? Check out DNR’s Pacific Northwest Trail connections

October 23, 2015

Did you know that when you recreate on DNR-managed lands, you also have access to a trail that starts in the jagged Rockies of Glacier National Park and traverses six mountain ranges before ending in the wilderness coast of Olympic National Park?

Samish Bay Overlook

View of Samish Bay from the Samish Overlook. Photo / DNR.

The, 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) is regarded as one of the most difficult of the United States’ 11 national scenic trails, yet visitors by the thousands flock to it and it’s many points of interest.

About 60 miles of the PNT cross DNR-managed land, including the Blanchard Forest near Bow, Harry Osborne Forest near Sedro-Woolley, and the Loomis State Forest near Loomis. By the beginning of the trail that leads to Oyster Dome, thru-hikers are nearly 900 miles into their journey from Montana when they catch their first glimpse of salt water.

Rigorous yet scenic, REI has called the PNT, “arguably the most breathtaking thru-hike in the country.” The trail passes through three national parks, seven national forests, six Wilderness areas, and countless state lands before reaching the Pacific Ocean shoreline. Hikers may see wolves, bears, elk, caribou, and mountain lions; or visit quaint mountain towns that act as resupply stepping stones across Montana, Idaho, and Washington.


Share your ideas for new Reiter Foothills Forest trail names

October 20, 2015
Reiter 4X4

Located near Gold Bar, Reiter Foothills Forest has many 4×4, ATV, and single-track riding opportunities. Photo/ DNR.

Have ideas about what to name DNR’s new motorized trails in the Reiter Foothills Forest? Share them before Nov. 15.

To submit suggestions, attend our October Reiter Foothills focus group meeting at 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 28 in the Snohomish County Admin Building.

Or, email or mail your recommendations to Ben Hale, 919 N Township St, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.

Reference our 4×4 and ATV maps for your recommendations.

Avoid slang, intentional misspellings, and inappropriate language. For more information, contact our Reiter Foothills Forest recreation manager, Ben Hale.

About Reiter Foothills Forest
Popular among off-road-vehicle riders, Reiter Foothills Forest’s 10,000 acres are located between sub-alpine wilderness and the Skykomish River valley, surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks. Reiter Foothills Forest trails are open 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. View a map of recreation opportunities at Reiter.


Views of the Reiter Foothills Forest. Photo/ DNR.

Want to get involved? Attend our Reiter Foothills Focus Group meetings to hear firsthand about the progress at Reiter and to provide your input on recreation planning. Meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at the address, above.

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Commissioner Goldmark presents tree care honors to City of Seattle

October 19, 2015
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plant an Incense Cedar tree at Seattle’s Arbor Day event on Saturday, October 17.  Photo Linden Lampman/DNR

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plant an Incense Cedar tree at Seattle’s Arbor Day event on Saturday, October 17. Photo Linden Lampman/DNR

In celebration of Urban and Community Forestry Month, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presented Tree City recognition to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray at Seattle’s annual Arbor Day celebration. Seattle hit their 30th Tree City USA anniversary at the Saturday, October 17, 2015 event.

The Tree City USA Program has been greening up cities across the US since 1976. It’s a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. The award is given annually to cities that meet Tree City USA standards (have a Tree Board, a tree ordinance for public trees, a community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation).

Of the 86 Tree City USA communities in Washington, only Ellensburg and Longview have been in the program longer than Seattle, with 32 and 31 impressive years respectively.

Seattle also received its 19th Tree City Growth Award. The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as an increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also highlights new ideas and successes across the country.

Commissioner Goldmark also recognized Seattle City Light for their 2nd year as a Tree Line USA utility. DNR recognizes utility companies as Tree Line USA utilities when they commit to healthy tree care and maintenance, tree worker training programs, and community tree planting.

Trees and utility lines can come into conflict, but with careful planning of where new trees are planted and more attention to proper tree care, there’s no reason they cannot co-exist. The Tree Line Program recognizes best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can exist side-by-side for the benefit of communities and citizens.

For more information on proper tree care, contact DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

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Mark your calendars: DNR celebrates Predator Trail with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

October 17, 2015

DNR and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are celebrating a new 1.8-mile trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest on Oct. 24. Join us to share a pig roast BBQ and celebrate the official opening of Predator Trail, an expert-only technical and challenging descent.

Tiger Mountain

The Predator Trail, 1.8 miles in length, is Tiger Mountain’s newest trail. Photo/ DNR.

Celebration details 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Tiger Summit Trailhead
Directions: From Issaquah, go east on I-90 to exit 25. Turn right to SR-18. Go 4.5 miles to Tiger Summit. Turn right. Take Westside Road left .3 miles to the site on the right.

About the trail
Named after the tiger, an apex predator at the top of the food chain, the Predator Trail is Tiger Mountain’s newest and most difficult trail.

The new trail addition boosts the east Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trail system to nearly 17 miles in total length.

This one-way descent is full of rock-armored steeps, with some tight turns over fast and undulating terrain packed with obstacles that will keep even highly skilled riders challenged. View a map of the new trail.

Check back with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information about the event. For more information about recreation on Tiger Mountain, visit our website. To start planning your next mountain bike ride, click on trailheads on our new statewide interactive recreation map.

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Shout out to Dirty Harry’s Peak trail volunteers

October 16, 2015
Dirty Harry's Peak trail

Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail, near North Bend, is popular for hiking and rock climbing. Photo/ DNR.

Big thanks to DNR volunteers and our partners from the Washington Trails Association who are helping DNR rebuild the Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail, located in the Snoqualmie Corridor near North Bend.

Volunteers have hand built about one-third of a mile of what will be a four-and-a-half-mile trail to Dirty Harry’s Peak, which provides breathtaking views of the Snoqualmie Valley.

The volunteers’ renovations will lessen the grade of the trail, which also passes some popular rock climbing areas. The project is expected to finish in spring of 2017.

Join the effort 
Want to get involved? DNR and Washington Trails Association have Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail work parties planned through December. Visit our calendar for upcoming events.

Dirty Harry's Peak

DNR and Washington Trails Association volunteers laid the foundation for the future Dirty Harry’s Peak trail. Photo/ DNR.

A recreation destination 
Dirty Harry’s Peak is located in DNR’s Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, a 10,280-acre landscape on the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. The conservation area includes some of DNR’s other popular recreation sites, like the newly renovated Mailbox Peak trail and the Mine Creek picnic area, popular for whitewater kayaking.

Planning for high-quality recreation
To learn more about upcoming recreation opportunities in the Snoqualmie Corridor, visit our Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, which we published in March.

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DNR taking applications for funding to local and rural fire districts; get your equipment now

October 15, 2015
Fire shelters aren't cheap. DNR's Fire District Assistance grant  helps fire districts to  defend Washington against wildfire. Photo DNR

Fire shelters aren’t cheap. DNR’s Fire District Assistance grant helps fire districts to defend Washington against wildfire. Photo DNR

Wildfires are getting worse in Washington as our resources and equipment are becoming more limited ever year.

That’s where DNR’s Fire District Assistance Program can help. We administer grants and make them available for our local fire districts and departments to obtain more resources.

The application period is open for DNR’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Phase II grants to help fire protection districts and departments in Washington state gear up for wildfire protection. This U.S. Department of Agriculture funding provides a 50 percent match for qualifying fire departments to purchase general fire equipment as well as fund a variety of other eligible projects for improving fire protection.

The grants are available to fire protection districts and departments in Washington state that respond to wildland fires on private, state, or federal lands and:

  • Serve communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents.
  • Serve communities of more than 10,000 residents AND a service area that includes a rural community of fewer than 10,000 residents

The application process for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program closes November 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Grant information, including district eligibility, types of projects eligible for funding, and grant applications, can be viewed at DNRs Fire District Assistance Program.

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Meet DNR’s new lead recreation planner: Glenn Glover

October 13, 2015
Glenn Glover

Glenn stops for a photo with his dogs Kota, left, and Scarry, right in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. Photo courtesy Glenn Glover.

There’s a new talent helping DNR to reach its goals: Glenn Glover. Glenn joined the agency in September as a lead recreation planner that will help DNR’s recreation program continue to develop high quality recreation destinations.

Part of Glenn’s role will be working with organizations, tribes and communities across the state.

As an opportunity to let you get to know him a little better, we asked him a few questions.

What is it about serving the citizens of Washington and the work that you’ll be doing that attracted you to this position with DNR?
I wanted to take the experience and success that I had in serving and providing recreation to one user group, which was mountain bikers of Washington state, and turn that into an opportunity to support a broader range of recreation users, whether that be hiking, motorcycling, horseback riding, four wheel driving, trail running, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, boating, ATV – or a new emerging recreation.

What are you bringing to DNR’s efforts that will help the agency to be successful in its mission?
One of the strengths that I bring is a strong attention to the user experience – the reasons why people recreate – and how to make that as satisfying as possible while still meeting our trust obligations.  I can provide a new perspective, which can be helpful in seeing opportunities to do things in new ways.

Glenn Glover

Glenn mountain biking in the Colville National Forest near Sherman Pass. Photo courtesy Glenn Glover.

What motivates you to get outdoors?
The ways that I personally recreate and experience the outdoors is very diverse.  At times it is for peace and quiet, solitude, and slowing my mind.  At other times it will include excitement, the chance to challenge my limits, and comradery with friends and partners.   The common element through all of it is connecting with nature and coming away feeling recharged.

Watch our blog, social media, and e-newsletter to hear more about DNR’s recreation planning projects, developments, and upcoming events. For more information about recreation planning, visit our website.

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A wind storm worth remembering – October 12, 1962

October 12, 2015
The 1962 storm brought hurricane-level winds to Washington. Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives

The 1962 storm brought hurricane-level winds to Washington.
Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives

One of Washington’s most severe windstorms hit 53 years ago today, yet more than 60 percent of our state’s population wasn’t born yet and won’t remember it.

The 1962 Columbus Day Storm was the strongest non-tropical windstorm ever to hit the lower 48 states in recorded history. In less than 12 hours, it claimed 46 lives (7 in Washington state) and injured hundreds more. A wind gust of 160 miles per hour was recorded in the Willapa Hills of southwestern Washington.

More than 11,000,000,000 board feet of timber was blown down in northern California, Oregon, and Washington combined. After an intense timber salvage effort, many unimproved backcountry roads were created and continue to be used by hunters, recreationist, and loggers today.

Take a moment to remember or learn about this storm and use it as motivation. Prepare your trees, ready your boats, and check out the Washington State Emergency Management Division’s “Windstorms in Washington State” publication for survival tips. It could prevent your boat from sinking, keep you from losing power, or even save your home.

If you need tree care from the storm this past weekend, remember to take DNR’s advice when looking for a tree service.

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