Here at DNR, not only are we celebrating the holidays, but we are also honoring outstanding volunteers this month. Commissioner of
Public Lands Peter Goldmark presented two Volunteer Hero awards at a recreation leadership meeting in Seattle (more).
|Commissioner of Public Lands visits WCC Crews as they build new trails at Reiter Foothills. Photo: Bryan Flint, DNR.|
By honoring these individuals, we also celebrate the countless others who serve by their side, rain or shine. Volunteering reminds us that we can't do this alone, so we'd like to thank our volunteers for their commitment to preserving and enhancing state lands.
The online survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and asks a variety of questions about how you currently spend your time in the recreation area and what opportunities you would like to have in the future.
Grab a cup of egg nog and enjoy your December Recreation e-newsletter.
|Volunteers load up pack mules to lay gravel on recreation trails in Blanchard Mountain. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DN|
Commissioner Goldmark was greatly impressed by the caliber of volunteers nominated for the Volunteer Hero award. He has individually sent each of the nominees a Distinguished Volunteer certificate to celebrate their service.
In the spirit of celebrating volunteers, we have included quotes from some of the Volunteer Hero nominations below. Want to learn more about this year's Volunteer Heroes? Visit our blog.
"Dave Temple is a master at influencing volunteers to come forward, helping them find ways within their personal abilities to not only contribute to DNR but to their own sense of accomplishment."
"It is a rare individual who can enter a meeting with such varied interests as those expressed in the Tahuya Focus Group meetings and yet manage somehow to find common ground with the different interests groups in order to benefit all. This is one of Jim Davis's strongest qualities."
"Mark Boyar took a lead role in tackling resource abuse and law enforcement issues in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA, helping to convert it from a 'wild, wild west' atmosphere to an attractive natural destination for families and recreation enthusiasts."
Hungry for more? Let Diana Lofflin know! In your email, tell her about your favorite volunteer or volunteer moment. We will include more in our next Recreation e-newsletter.
Inspired to volunteer? Check out our volunteer calendar for upcoming events. New events are added all the time. Join our Facebook and Twitter sites to keep up to date on the latest volunteer opportunities.
Recreation planning update
|4x4 Explores Tahuya State Forest. Photo: Herb Gerhardt|
As mentioned earlier in this email, the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River planning team has put together a public survey to help them put together their recreation plan. Take a moment to fill it out
and make your voice heard! This planning effort is going through the land suitability portion of the project. For more information, check out the e-newsletter archives.
Congratulations to all the planning teams! Next month we will highlight what it is like to participate on a planning committee and what's next for the recreation plans.
Month in blogs
Perfect Stocking Stuffer
Don't forget to get those you love a Discover Pass this year. Now you can choose your activation date!
Mark R. Mauren
Assistant Division Manager
Recreation, Public Access and WCC Programs
Asset Management and Recreation Division
Washington State Department of Natural Resources