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Old 11-04-2015, 03:55 PM
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Default RCO Grant Funding for Trails (SW Washington)

Following is a message I received yesterday from Ryan Schriener, DNR Recreation Manager for the Pacific Cascade Region.
If you have any questions or want more details about trails in the Yacolt Burn - please attend the DNR Trail Advisory Group meeting on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 @ 6:00pm in Battleground, WA

For more information about the meeting go here:
http://pistonswildforum.proboards.co...d/3131/dnr-tag

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Greetings All,

The message below was written to me earlier today, and for the sake of transparency I have forwarded the message as it was written to me. See the message below. Be sure to read it and understand it before submitting inquiries. We will go over it in finer detail at the next TAG meeting.

Hi Ryan –

Wanted to give you an update on the new grants. This is what we have been waiting for. You are welcome to forward this message onto our Recreation Group and your staff. Just got word (verbal only) that the all the grant contracts were signed and should all be in effect on November 1st. The really great news is that we were 100% successful in our grant presentations that we (DNR) presented and ALL 6 grants were funded at the level we presented to RCO. It was a very competitive grant process/cycle and we finished better than a few other regions. All the hard work leading up to this point now gets to be implemented on the ground. So now that we have the official word, we can now begin focusing/working on these grants. I haven’t seen the contracts, but hopefully they will be arriving soon and we can look at the details. I don’t expect any surprises. I know you have seen the list, but below is the grant list showing the amount RCO is awarding to us and the amount of Match for that grant. I am also including a very brief description. Since we have numerous grants that just expired, we will also need to close those out. That will require some coordination between you, me and the program staff in Olympia. This will be something that we will need to focus on so we can close them out. We can then work on getting these grants into motion.

The grants that were approved:
14-1805 SW Washington Education and Enforcement (RCO - $171,400; Match - $115,000; Total - $286,400)
This grant to conduct education and enforcement in Yacolt Burn State Forest and other forest blocks located in southwest Washington. 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.

14-1806 SW WA/Yacolt ORV Maintenance and Operations (RCO - $150,000; Match - $64,500; Total - $214,500)
This grant is to conduct maintenance on ORV trails and trailhead facilities within Yacolt Burn State Forest and Wahkiakum County. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable motorized recreation trails and support facilities. 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. Facility maintenance will include litter removal and the maintenance and repair of restrooms and signs.

14-1807 SW WA/Yacolt Non-Motorized Maintenance (RCO - $100,000; Match - $100,200; Total - $200,200)
This grant is to conduct maintenance on non-motorized trails and trailhead facilities within Yacolt Burn State Forest and Siouxon block. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable non-motorized recreation trails and support facilities. 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.

14-1809 Yacolt Burn Recreation Plan ORV Trail Development (RCO - $373,800; Match - $93,700; Total - $467,500)
This grant is focused on developing ORV trails in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. 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. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project is safe and sustainable ORV recreational trails.

14-1810 Yacolt Burn Nonmotorized Trail Bridge (RCO - $84,292; Match - $21,750; Total - $106,042)
This grant is to develop a non-motorized bridge that will replace a failed bridge in the Western Yacolt Burn State Forest. This project will provide funding for construction costs, staff and crew time, A&E services, and supplies and materials. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is safe and sustainable non-motorized recreation trails.

14-1852 Capitol Forest / Yacolt Rec Facilities Maintenance (RCO - $39,400; Match - $26,320; Total - $65,720)
This facilities grant will help use conduct routine maintenance on non-highway road campgrounds and trailhead facilities within the Yacolt Burn State Forest, and other recreation areas located in Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties. This is a joint grant presentation with Capital Forest (South Puget Sound Region). 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 primary recreation opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable multiple use recreation support facilities and interpretative sites.

I know you and your staff are looking forward in seeing these projects getting started. I’m also excited to be at that point where we can officially start to focus and begin implementing them. Balancing all of these new grants, and the one we are currently working on (17-mile non-motorized trail), will be a challenge. Let’s make sure we provide the right balance between the projects using the resources that you have available as we have discussed.

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