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Old 06-17-2009, 09:29 AM
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Default Reiter Foothills Update June 16, 2009, THIS INCLUDES CLOSURES

From: "DNR RE Reiterfoothills"
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:14:17 -0700
To: DNR RE Reiterfoothills
Subject: Reiter Foothills Update June 16, 2009


Future Recreation at Reiter Foothills

The Reiter Foothills Recreation advisory committee has completed its work. DNR is now beginning work on internal review and development of a draft recreation plan for the area. We hope to have that plan ready for public input and SEPA review late this summer.

This Week at Reiter Important Changes

In the meantime, we are continuing work on interim measures that are consistent with the draft planning concepts. This weekend, we will begin closing some of the off-road vehicle trails in Reiter Foothills. The measures are necessary to reduce the loss of fish habitat and to protect downstream water quality.

ORV riding will still be allowed in many areas, specifically in places that are being considered as potential riding areas under the recreation plan for Reiter due out this summer.

Effective June 19, all trails north of May Creek and south of the Deer Creek crossings will be closed.

Effective July 15, all trails in a small area north and west of Hogarty Creek will be closed.

For a map of the area and the trails to be closed, go to: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/a...s_map06-09.pdf

Closed trails will be clearly marked with signs. We appreciate anything you can do to help us communicate this message. Please forward this e-mail to your friends and recreation colleagues.


My staff and I are committed to working with local user groups to transition the Reiter area from an unsanctioned recreational facility to a sanctioned facility that meets environmental standards and provides users with a safe, enjoyable, and sustainable recreational experience. DNR is working with various partners to identify high-priority restoration projects that can be done in the next few months to address environmental damage in the area. DNR will be working with user groups and volunteers to sponsor work parties to help manage the area and protect resources. Please contact David Way at (360) 854-2830 for more information and dates of upcoming volunteer events.


Thanks!

Candace Johnson
Assistant Region Manager, State Lands
Northwest Region
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
(360) 854-2803


For those of you who kind of know the area, the trail closures include the folowing;
Lake Issabelle Trail
Trail of Doom
Index Wall Trail
SOL Trail
BYS Trail
middle and upper part of Sac-up Trail
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:44 PM
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What's sad is, some of the oldest & most historic trails for Reiter will be shut down...
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:56 PM
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Recent article regarding the closures @ Reiter...feel free to add comments to the article...

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/200....riders.hikers
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