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jim putman 05-07-2012 10:42 AM

May update
Reiter Foothills Forest
Wondering where things are with Reiter Foothills Forest motorized trail construction? Here's a brief summary of what you can expect over the next few months:

Construction details. The single-track motorcycle trail plans and details for Area 6will be presented at the Reiter Foothill Focus Group meeting on April 25. The design/planning team from our Olympia headquarters will be at the meeting to answer your questions. The design plan was delayed for a couple of weeks due to the late spring snows, which prevented us from getting to the area to do a field review of the plans.

Parking T-1 and T-2 finish. The specifications for work at T-1 were finalized and passed on to our DNR road crew. We are now scheduling construction of T-1 and the final lift of rock on T-2.

Construction sequence. We reviewed the construction sequence map for single-track trails showing the expanding system of loops north of the Deer Flats Mainline Road in Area 6. Construction of the "Red" trail on the sequencing map is scheduled to begin in early June.

Construction timing. We are ordering the rock to stockpile for trail construction; contracting with an experienced mini-excavator operator who will do the earth work on the trail construction project; and arranging for four months' worth of Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew time to begin constructing the trail in June.

Volunteer opportunities. Volunteer work will complement the work to be done by the WCC crews. We will keep you posted on when those projects happen. You can also check DNR's volunteer calendar for opportunities all across the state.

Section 1, 4x4 trails. While our focus has been on Area 6 trails this winter, we are starting to work on Phase 1 trail design in Area 1 as well. We are expecting to have draft designs available for public input by the end of May.

Non-motorized trails. Survey crews are scheduled to begin surveying the proposed bridge sites. The design team will start preliminary design and permitting work later this summer.

Looking ahead to grant applications for 2012 and beyond

Spring/Summer 2012 - We are working on a Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicles Activities (NOVA) grant to continue with Phase 1 motorized trail construction beginning July 2013 and ending in June 2015.
Spring/Summer 2012 - A NOVA grant application is in progress for the planning and design of Phase 2 motorized trails beginning July 2013 and ending in June 2015.
Spring/Summer 2014 - We plan to submit an application for a NOVA grant to fund Phase 2 motorized trail development and construction beginning July 2015 and ending in June 2017.
Spring/Summer 2014 - We plan to submit an application for a NOVA grant to fund the design and development of the permanent motorized trailhead beginning July 2015 and ending in June 2017.
Spring/Summer 2016 - We plan to submit an application for grant funding from NOVA or the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) for the design and construction of non-motorized trails beginning in July 2017 and ending in June 2019.
Reiter Foothills Focus Group Meeting -- April 25

The Reiter Foothills Focus Group meetings are open for all to attend. These are a great way to hear, firsthand, about the progress at Reiter and to provide your input on recreation in the area.

At the April 25 meeting, the design team will provide a progress report and answer questions about the motorized trails construction.

Reiter Foothills Forest Focus Group meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month in the East Public Meeting Room in the Snohomish County Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

For more information, contact David Way, 360-854-2830.

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