Posts Tagged ‘National Public Lands Day’

Thanks to DNR’s National Public Lands Day volunteers

September 28, 2015
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Volunteers pull Scotch broom at a National Public Lands Day work party. Photo courtesy of the Center for Natural Lands Management.

Here’s our shout out to the volunteers who joined us at two work parties to celebrate National Public Lands Day last Saturday.

Volunteers and partners from the Center for Natural Lands Management joined us at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve just outside Olympia to remove scotch broom and gather Douglas Fir seedlings.

At our trail work party in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, volunteers and partners from the Jones Creek Trail Riders hardened trail surfaces, repaired water bars, hauled gravel, and brushed trails.

Volunteers and DNR: An enduring partnership 
Volunteers are an integral part of keeping our recreation areas safe and functional. In 2014, DNR’s dedicated volunteers donated more than 75,000 hours, making it the most productive year for our volunteers ever.

Join the effort 
For more information about volunteering, visit our website at www.dnr.wa.gov/volunteer. From work parties around the state, campground host openings, and opportunities to protect our lands through our Forest Watch volunteer program, we’ve got something sure to fit your skill set.

Get upcoming volunteer events sent straight to your inbox by subscribing to our free monthly recreation e-newsletter. Click here for September’s issue.

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a beautiful new bridge

September 26, 2015
DNR's Lower High Point Creek trail bridge connects the 15-mile Tiger Mountain Trail. Photo: Sam Jarrett/ DNR.

DNR’s Lower High Point Creek Trail Bridge connects the 15-mile Tiger Mountain Trail. Photo: Sam Jarrett/ DNR.

Not only is today National Public Lands Day, but it also marks the reopening of our full 15-mile Tiger Mountain Trail thanks to a new 200-foot bridge that can better withstand flooding.

A destination in itself, the Lower High Point Creek Trail Bridge provides views into the High Point Creek drainage from about 30 feet up and connects a continuous trail across the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area and the Tiger Mountain State Forest.

Enjoy a roughly two-and-a-half-mile hike on the Tiger Mountain Trail from the High Point Trailhead to access the bridge.

The Tiger Mountain Trail meanders through a diverse forest canopy and healthy understory. It changes from a hiking-specific trail in west Tiger Mountain to horseback riding and hiking trail as it reaches south Tiger Mountain. The Issaquah Alps Trails Club was instrumental with building the majority of the trail’s original route.

Lower High Point Creek trail bridge

To access the Lower High Point Creek Trail Bridge, start at the High Point Trailhead and continue on the Tiger Mountain Trail for about two-and-a-half-miles. Photo: Sam Jarrett/ DNR.

The bridge construction is largely possible through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, Washington Recreation and Conservation Office grant, DNR recreation funds and a $10,000 donation from the family of Murat Danishek, who passed away of a heart condition in his early thirties.  The family’s donation is a fitting tribute to honor Murat, who often accompanied his family & friends exploring the hiking trails of the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area and surrounding Snoqualmie Corridor.

Visiting public lands can be such a pleasure, especially on National Public Lands Day. This bridge will will help enable the public’s access to such experiences for years to come.

For more information about hiking and horseback riding on DNR-managed lands, visit our website. To hear more about upcoming trail projects and developments, subscribe to our monthly recreation e-newsletter. View this month’s issue.

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Mark your calendars: September 29 is National Public Lands Day

September 7, 2012

 

Volunteers build a new table at Lummi Island NRCA at the 2010 National Public Lands Day event.

Volunteers build a new table at Lummi Island NRCA at the 2010 National Public Lands Day event. Photo: Jason Goldstein, DNR.

National Public Lands Day is a time for people across the country to rally together for one common cause: to lend a hand on public land. With nearly one-third of America’s land in public hands, it is an opportunity to maintain and support some of the natural resources that serve us all.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has volunteer events scheduled across the state to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Some volunteers will be building sustainable mountain bike trails on Tiger Mountain State Forest, while others may be restoring native shoreline in Woodard Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA). There is something for everybody!

Please join us at one of the following events and help maintain public lands on September 29!

They may not move mountains, but they do move some big rocks. Volunteers work on trail maintenance projects on Little Si Trail during the National Public Lands Day 2011 event. Photo: DNR

 

  • Tiger Mountain State Forest – near Issaquah, WA – Contribute to efforts to create a sustainable network of mountain bike trails…the first in over 20 years!
  • Capitol State Forest – near Olympia, WA – Grab your quad and ‘rock the loop.’ Volunteers will move gravel into place along the Lost Valley Loop Trail.
  • Yacolt Burn State Forest – Near Vancouver, WA – Clean up Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trails as you ‘pick up the burn.’ Bonus: enjoy lunch by Piston Wild Motorsports.
  • Cattle Point NRCA– San Juan Islands – Protect sensitive bluffs around Cattle Point by installing a split rail fence.

    Volunteers help remove invasive Scott’s Broom from Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve on National Public Lands Day 2009. Photo: Nancy Charbonneau, DNR.

  • Woodard Bay NRCA– near Olympia, WA – Spend the day restoring native habitat by removing invasive weeds. At the end of the event, learn about the area by joining a guided, interpretive trail walk. 
  •  Camas Meadows NRCA– near Ellensburg, WA – Event canceled do to wildfire in area. 
  • NEW! Mailbox Peak – near North Bend, WA – Keep hikers safe by building a new sustainable trail to Mailbox Peak.
  • Reiter Foothills Motorized Trails – near Gold Bar, WA – Build motorized trail and break new ground on ATV trails.
  • NEW! September 30 Reiter Foothills Non-Motorized Trails – near Gold Bar, WA – Continue the spirit of National Public Lands Day and layout new hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking trails at Reiter Foothills!

Not only is National Public Lands Day the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort on public lands, it is a chance to encourage your family to get outside, be active, and make new friends!

We’ll see you September 29!

Volunteers celebrate National Public Lands Day on DNR-managed lands

September 29, 2011

 

Volunteers and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, McLane Creek 9-23-11

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark (right) thanks volunteers for their work at McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia. Photo: Toni Droscher/DNR (Click on the photo for more photos from NPLD events)

A big, hearty “thank you!” to everyone who helped celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) last weekend on DNR-managed lands in western Washington. Volunteers put in hundreds of hours making state lands more accessible, safe, sustainable, and enjoyable.

McLane Creek Nature Trail
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR staff, volunteers, and special guests kicked off NPLD on the afternoon of Friday, September 23, with a dedication event and volunteer work party at McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia. The dedication ceremony celebrated the new public gathering shelter, viewing platform, and outhouse. Volunteers also helped spread wood chips on a section of trail.

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