Fwd: Legislative update and volunteer photos from Nati onal Trails Day®
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Begin forwarded message:June 7, 2013
Special thanks to all the volunteers across the state who came out to show their support for trails on National Trails Day® this year. Check out DNR's Flickr page for photos.
Find out what DNR is doing to get ready for the summer recreation season in the articles below:So, what's new with the legislature?This summer, get outdoors and get into shape. Don't forget your Discover Pass!
Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR
The legislature is still negotiating the 2013-2015 operating and capital budgets for many programs, including DNR's recreation program.
As we reported earlier, both the senate and house capital budgets have proposed a funding level of $1 million for the 13-15 biennium. In the 11-13 biennium the level was $1.5 million.
DNR's recreation operating budget will either stay the same, or it could increase if the legislature passes either of the following bills:
HB 1935 - This is primarily a State Parks bill with two exceptions:
- The bill would give the three agencies the ability to work with major retailers and open up other avenues of sale for the Discover Pass.
- Rep. Seaquist's amendment would require the State General Fund to match every dollar collected through Discover Pass sales.
New recreation sites underway this summerPaddle out to Lummi Island this summer to cool off and get away from it all. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is developing new recreation facilities and trails across the state. Check out the projects below, and visit DNR's volunteer page for opportunities to get involved
DNR has three active recreation planning efforts taking place across the state! The planning committees for the Green Mountain and Tahaya State Forests and Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Planning Areas have presented their draft recommendations to DNR. The agency will write both plans and go through the public review process (SEPA) this summer.The Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation Planning Committee has wrapped up the information gathering stage and moved on to developing options/alternatives.The Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Planning Area is a large landscape with a number of recreational opportunities. The planning committee is taking their time to make sure they have a full grasp of the issues before developing options/alternatives.Mark R. Mauren
- Colville Area - Construction on the new Sherry Creek Campground has begun. The campground will provide access to motorized and non-motorized trail systems.
- Yakima Area - The Whites Ridge Trailhead in Ahtanum State Forest is almost complete.
- Gold Bar Area - Construction will continue on the single-track, ATV, and 4x4 trails in Reiter Foothills Forest. Completed trails will be open Friday through Sunday this summer (join NW region's e-newsletter for the latest information on trail openings). Construction on portions of the non-motorized trail system will begin this summer and fall.
- Olympia Area - DNR is completing the construction of the Little Larch Mountain Bike Trail at Capitol State Forest.
- Snoqualmie Corridor - We are working towards completing construction on the new Mailbox Peak Trail by late September. The trail is located in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resource Conservation Area.
- Vancouver Area - The new Thrillium Downhill Mountain Bike Trail in Yacolt Burn State Forest should be completed this summer.
Assistant Division Manager
Recreation, Public Access and WCC Programs
Asset Management and Recreation Division
Washington State Department of Natural Resources