Yacolt Burn Trails Update!
I just got off the phone with my contact at DNR and he has informed me that the Commisioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, has signed the Yacolt Burn Recreation plan and has given it his blessing. There should be an official press release going out today or tomorrow with that information.
With that, in cooperation with DNR, we will be finalizing our p-lines (proposed lines) for the first section of trails by the end of this month (maybe sooner). After we submit our proposed lines, we just need to wait for an internal DNR Project SEPA (water crossings) to approve our chosen path through the forest and the Cultural Research (for the Tribes) - neither of which should be a problem.
DNR has received some comments from concerned citizens and we have addressed their concerns in our plans to ensure that everyone is accepting and supportive of the final product. We will start clearing trails immediately (above ground work), but cannot turn dirt until the three items above are completed - I am optimistically hoping for mid - late September...
Although it seems like this story has taken forever - the Yacolt Burn planning process for motorized trails has always been fully supported by DNR staff as well as the other user groups in the forest. Of the three planning processes for DNR lands that have most recently been approved, only the Yacolt Burn Plan provides for a CONSIDERABLE increase in sanctioned motorized trails. ONLY the Yacolt Burn Plan has received the support of all of the other user groups in the forest, multiple community corporate sponsorships and national recognition coupled with grant funding. This backing, in addition to the ongoing support from off-road organizations, clubs and individuals is what has made this all possible.
Piston's Wild members have been FULLY engaged from the very beginning of this project almost 3 1/2 years ago and will stay fully engaged to it's completion. We are working on new fund raising ideas every day including the Yacolt Burn Trails Foundation which should be introduced and fully functional by October 2010. This foundation will provide the structure needed to draw in the community on a massive scale to support motorized recreation in the Yacolt Burn.
Piston's Wild Motorsports is an active, respected member club of the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) as well as a member of the Washington Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA). In addition, all of our members have also joined the Blue Ribbon Coalition and the club belongs to the United 4-Wheel Drive Association to support our sport not only in the Pacific Northwest, but across the Nation.
Thank you to everyone for your donations over the past three years; businesses, sponsors, organizations, clubs and individuals - your contributions will be well spent on building trails in a "World-Class" motorized recreation area that will be open for your children and grandchildren to enjoy for many years to come...
aka "Pistons Chick"
Region 3 - WA Land Matters
Club President 2007 - 2014
Piston's Wild Motorsports
PNW4WDA Member for 25 Years
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