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Old 04-12-2010, 06:33 AM
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Default Reiter April 18th work party

Come help DNR restore the trails at Reiter foothills. As plans are being finalized some trails are being decommissioned and returned to nature
As more information is available on exactly what is going to be accomplished at the work party please check the work party thread on RTWs site
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:14 AM
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March 25, 2010

IN THIS UPDATE:


First meeting of the Reiter Foothills Forest Focus Group

Volunteers train to lead volunteers

Progress report: Mapping the area

What’s next: Draft options for trail systems

Get involved: Work parties


First meeting of the Reiter Foothills Forest Focus Group

Last night we held the first meeting of the focus group in Everett, with16 participants from the public attending. Participants came from a variety of recreation interests including motorized, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing. DNR staff gave an update about the status of restoration projects, trails systems development, upcoming forest watch patrols, and volunteer work party schedules. There was great discussion about what it will take to re-open Reiter to recreation use. The next meeting of the focus group is April 13. For more information, contact Candace Johnson, 360-854-2803 or candace.johnson@dnr.wa.gov.


Volunteers train to lead volunteers

Last Saturday, David Way, DNR’s recreation manager and volunteer coordinator at Reiter Foothills, trained about a dozen people to be volunteer leaders for restoration and trail projects. Learn more on DNR’s blog at http://bit.ly/9vYfWs.

Progress Report: Mapping Reiter

DNR staff and Charlie Preston, volunteer extraordinaire, have been out in the field using handheld Global Position System (GPS) devices to verify data from previous mapping work. This process of “field truthing” will help us in determining the site-specific locations for new trails.

What’s next: Draft options for trail systems

Lisa Anderson, DNR’s recreation planning manager, met last week with the trail consultants to discuss options for non-motorized and motorized trail systems. We expect to present two preliminary options for motorized trails at the next Focus Group meeting on April 13. Preliminary options for non-motorized trails will follow at a subsequent focus group meeting.

Get involved! Volunteer for work parties

We have scheduled regular work parties for the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month, starting on April 3. Work parties run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Reiter gravel pit. The April 3 work party will include an introduction to safety, beginning at 9:30 a.m. We’ll work on restoring areas with resource damage. We will have a limited amount of tools and safety gear. Bring ‘em if you got ‘em: shovels, picks, Pulaski axes, gloves, eye protection, and hard hat. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and pack a lunch. See you there! For more information, contact David Way, 360-854-2830 or david.way@dnr.wa.gov.



Candace Johnson

Assistant Region Manager, State Lands

Northwest Rgion
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-854-2803
www.dnr.wa.gov
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:06 PM
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April 22, 2010

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DNR releases final Reiter Foothills Recreation Plan

Progress report

What’s next

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DNR releases final Reiter Foothills Recreation Plan

It’s official! Earlier today, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released the final Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan. In addition, we have completed our analysis of the public comments on the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). For more information, here’s a link to the news release that was sent out today: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEduc...r_Plan_nr.aspx
Download the Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan at:

http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEduc...foothills.aspx


For more information about the SEPA determination, go to: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScienc...eiter_jan.aspx


Progress Report
Thanks to the 56 people who came out last Sunday, April 18, to work on projects at Reiter Foothills. Work focused on restoring drainage and planting vegetation along an old route near upper May Creek and an old 4x4 route adjacent to Hogarty Creek. Thanks to everyone who helped out! Read more about work done that day on our blog at: http://bit.ly/9yhLZS
At the last focus group meeting, DNR presented the draft motorized trail concept. The focus group offered a lot of great feedback and ideas that will improve the final trail designs. Several of the focus group volunteers have been working on developing additional input to specific trail designs.


DNR is currently working on grant applications that, if successful, will help fund restoration and development of trails at Reiter.


What’s next

At the next focus group meeting on April 28, discussion will include an update to proposed motorized trails and non-motorized trail options. For more information, contact Stan Kurowski at 360-854-2855.

In May we will begin flagging the proposed motorized and non motorized trail routes in the field.


Get involved!

If you’re interested in helping at Reiter Foothills Forest, we can always use volunteers to help with restoration work and trail planning, construction, and maintenance projects. For more information, contact David Way, 360-854-2830 or david.way@dnr.wa.gov.



Candace Johnson

Assistant Region Manager, Northwest Region
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Recreation Program
360-854-2803
www.dnr.wa.gov


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