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Old 02-10-2009, 03:12 PM
Arlene Brooks Arlene Brooks is offline
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The following was received from the DNR's Olympic Region Office: 411 Tillicum Lane Forks, WA. (360)374-6131

On Saturday January 31st a group of four-wheel drive supporters met with DNR regarding work needed to reopen Sadie Creek four wheel drive trail. Attending were representatives of the Pacific NW Four Wheel Drive Association., Just Jeep Junkies, Mudtoys, and the Olympic Trailblazers, as well as independent recreationists.

The Sadie Creek Trail closed in 2008 to allow for timber harvest operations. Prior to the sale a group of volunteers from the PNW4WDA and Just Jeep Junkies met with DNR and discussed the impacts of the harvest, the responsinilities outlind in the user agreement and techniques used to insure the four wheel drive trail remained to as close as possible to "as is" condition. These groups also assisted DNR in the field with the marking of trees to be left that would provide a visual reference for the trail after the logging was complete. A section of trail which was to be displaced due to road construction was also relocated.

These representatives also worked with the DNR on the design and installation of a "qualifer" at a new gate required as part of the timber sale.
This qualifier is intended to limit the size of vehicle used on this trail as the Sadie Creek Trail is intended to be a slow technical trail for short wheel base vehicles.
At this time the DNR, with the support of those mentioned above will be reopening this trail. Some volunteer work will be need to add culverts at road/trail intersections, installation of yellow diamond trail route markers, and minor clean-up. Work parties will be scheduled within the next couple of months and all interested parties will be invited to participate.

This area has had significant snow and rainfall this winter so please follow the "PNW4WDA Code" and consider the "TreadLightly" information.

Many hours of volunteer and DNR time and effort has gone into this trail design, designation and maintenance therefore, please support these groups and DNR in keeping this trail open and available. Futher information will be posted on the PNW and DNR's websites as dates and times are scheduled.

Wayne Fitzwater, Recreation Program Manager, Olympic Region, Department of Natural Resources

Thanks for your support and cooperation - AB

For further information you may contact Dale Brownfield, PNW Land Coordinator at (360)732-0257 or Arlene Brooks, WA. State Director (253)833 8747 (recorder) arlenebrooks@comcast.net
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