State DNR to kick off recreation planning process for Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests
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State DNR to kick off recreation planning process for Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
October 13, 2010
 
State DNR to kick off recreation planning process for Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests

OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is beginning to plan for the future of recreation in the Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests in south Kitsap and north Mason counties. To kick off the planning process, DNR is inviting the public to an open house on October 26 at North Mason High School in Belfair.

 DATE: Tuesday, October 26
 TIME:6 to 8:30 p.m

 PLACE:

 

North Mason High School Auditorium
200 E. Campus Drive, off of Route 3
Belfair, Washington

The purpose of the open house is to give the public an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about recreation in the two forests and to learn more about the planning process. The public is an integral partner with DNR, and this open house is the first of many opportunities the public will have to help to shape a sustainable future for recreation in Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests.

Planning area
The planning area includes Green Mountain State Forest, west of Bremerton in Kitsap County; Tahuya State Forest, west of Belfair; and the west block of the Tahuya State Forest, at the southwest tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. A map of the planning area is available at: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_rec_green_tahuya_plng_area.pdf 

For more information, contact Mary Coacher, Recreation Planner, at 360-902-1430, mary.coacher@dnr.wa.gov .

Recreation planning on DNR-managed lands
One of the tools DNR uses to manage recreation includes developing comprehensive recreation plans to ensure public safety and to help protect wildlife habitat, water quality and other natural resources on state trust lands.
 
DNR-managed lands provide more than 1,000 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Most of these recreation areas are located on state trust lands, which provide revenue for public institutions such as K-12 schools.

DNR’s primary responsibility is to manage these trust lands for future generations. In addition, as a steward of public lands, DNR also works to protect the natural resources that support the trust. DNR must balance these obligations with providing enjoyable, safe, and sustainable recreation opportunities.

Recreational opportunities on DNR-managed lands include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, boating, and more. DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.

Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, or toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov .

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360-902-1016
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