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Old 06-19-2014, 12:56 PM
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Default ACTION! Grant Support Letters for Yacolt Burn Trails

YOUR ACTION IS REQUIRED!
PLEASE SEND A SUPPORT LETTER THIS WEEK TO CONTINUE FUNDING THE YACOLT BURN 4X4 TRAILS!


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Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all doing well today.

As we discussed at the Trail Advisory Group meeting we are soliciting letters of support for our Recreation & Conservation Office (RCO) 2014 Grant Requests (see below) The maintenance grants are to continue the current trail maintenance and facility efforts by DNR crews and volunteers. The two development grants are intended to provide a new bridge for the Cold Creek section of Tarbell trail and continue construction of and purchase bridges for Phase 1 of the Recreation Plan. The grants are highly competitive. Members on the RCO NOVA board are primarily recreation enthusiasts Ė they value the input from the letters as obviously they donít recreate on all the landscapes.

Attached is a sample form which could be adapted for your letter. The best way to submit your letter is to sign scan and email it to me directly.

Please go to Piston's Wild forum to access the sample letter:
http://pistonswildforum.proboards.co...scrollTo=15533

If you mail it via US Postal Send it to DNR attention Jessica Kimmick PO Box 280 Castle Rock WA 98611.

A simple email to me will work as well. Jessica.Kimmick@dnr.wa.gov

As I am working with some pretty strict deadlines, the sooner I can get these the better. I would ideally like to have these by the end of this week.
Thank you for your continued support of sustainable recreation in the Yacolt Burn State Forest and DNR managed lands in SW WA.

14-1805 SW Washington Education and Enforcement
Amount requested from RCO $171,400. Match commitment $90,000. Total of $261,400.
Funds our Education and Enforcement Warden, Steve Rhodes

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to conduct education and enforcement in Yacolt Burn State Forest and other forest blocks located in southwest Washington. This project will fund one full-time recreation warden to patrol 79 miles of trail, 8 campgrounds, 11 trailheads, and 3 day-use areas on over 250,000 acres. The recreation warden will focus on identifying potential health, safety, and resource damage concerns, providing public outreach, engaging user groups, and providing an additional enforcement presence on the landscapes. This position will also support forest watch volunteers in efforts to educate recreational visitors about rules, regulations and principals of good stewardship. Funding will also be used to purchase education materials and electronic equipment intended to deter criminal activity and increase public safety. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this program is the safe and sustainable use of trails and support facilities in the Yacolt Burn State Forest and other DNR-managed areas in southwest Washington.


14-1806 SW WA/Yacolt ORV Maintenance and Operations
Amount requested from RCO $150,000 Match commitment $60,000 Total $210,000
Funds our Recreation Technician positions- Joe Chavez, Jason Lenz, and past folks such as Chris Briggs, Kyle Henker, Laura Friese, and Erik Podhora

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to conduct maintenance on ORV trails and trailhead facilities within Yacolt Burn State Forest and Wahkiakum County, located east of Vancouver, Washington. This project will provide funding for a Natural Resource Technician and some crew time to perform routine trail and trailhead maintenance and repairs, and supplies to support maintenance and repair work. Trail maintenance activities include brushing trails, maintaining culverts, drain dips, and ditch-outs, repairing trail surfacing, hardening small sections of trail with crushed rock, and constructing small re-routes. Additionally, bridges and signs will be inspected and maintained. Facility maintenance will include litter removal and the maintenance and repair of restrooms and signs. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable motorized recreation trails and support facilities.


14-1807 SW WA/Yacolt Non-Motorized Maintenance
RCO Amount $100,000 Match commitment $86,208 Total $186,208
Funds our Recreation Technician positions- Joe Chavez, Jason Lenz, and past folks such as Chris Briggs, Kyle Henker, Laura Friese, and Erik Podhora

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to conduct maintenance on non-motorized trails and trailhead facilities within Yacolt Burn State Forest and Siouxon block, located in southwest Washington. This project will provide funding for a Natural Resource Technician and some crew time to perform routine trail and facility maintenance and repairs, and for supplies to support maintenance and needed repairs. Trail maintenance activities include brushing trails, maintaining culverts, drain dips, and ditch-outs, hardening small sections of trail with crushed rock, inspecting and maintaining bridges, and constructing minor trail re-routes. Facility maintenance will include litter removal and the maintenance and repair of restrooms, signs and other facility structures. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable non-motorized recreation trails and support facilities.


14-1809 Yacolt Burn Recreation Plan ORV Trail Development
Amount requested from RCO $352,160 Match commitment $88,040 Total of $440,200
Funds continued motorized trail development per the Recreation Plan

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will use this grant to develop ORV trails in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, located approximately 10 miles northeast of Vancouver, Washington. This project will provide funding for staff time, A&E services, materials, equipment rental, and crew time to construct ORV trails for 4x4s, ATVs, and motorcycles. By completing this project, DNR will be providing additional ORV opportunities easily accessible to large population centers. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project is safe and sustainable ORV recreational trails.
This project is identified in the Western Yacolt Burn Recreation Plan to provide increased and varied opportunities for ORV users.



14-1852 Capitol Forest / Yacolt Rec Facilities Maintenance
Amount requested from RCO $98,500 Match commitment $68,500 Total of $164,300
This facilities grant will fund routine, most likely in for the form of contract service, bathroom cleaning at non-motorized sites

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will use this grant to conduct routine maintenance on non-highway road campgrounds and trailhead facilities within the Capitol State Forest, Yacolt Burn State Forest, and other recreation areas located in Thurston, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties. This project will provide funding for a professional restroom cleaning contract and or DNR services for facility maintenance, repairs, purchase of supplies and vault toilet pumping. Maintenance will include routine maintenance and repair of restrooms, litter removal, signs, and other facility structures. The overall goal of this project is create a safer and more enjoyable recreation experience at non highway facilities in Capitol Forest, Yacolt Burn State Forest, and other DNR campgrounds and Natural Resource Conservation areas in southwest Washington. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable multiple use recreation support facilities and interpretative sites.


Thank you all very much for all you do!

Jessica Kimmick
Recreation Manager
Pacific Cascade Region
WA Dept. of Natural Resources
PO Box 280
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Jessica.Kimmick@dnr.wa.gov
Cell: 360-852-3390
Fax: 360-274-4196
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:09 PM
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Email sent. cc'd President, OR, WA, Directors, IAD2, Region 3 Director.

Come on folks, support these grant requests, it is your $$$, and this trail system will be a jewel in SW Washington when it is done.

**EDIT** got a nice email back from her thanking me for the support.
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