FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2013
Reiter Foothills opens for weekends this summer
ORV trails partially open during construction
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will open newly completed motorized recreation trails in Reiter Foothills Forest on weekends, starting June 14. The agency has completed 3.5 miles of single-track motorcycle trail, 1 mile of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail, and almost 2,000 feet of 4x4 trail.
“Opening the Reiter Foothills trails would not have been possible without the efforts of the recreational community,” said Mark Mauren, DNR’s Recreation Program Manager. “From volunteering to providing input on how DNR can improve trails, their feedback shaped the superior riding experience users will find on the trails today.”
The trails will be closed Monday through Thursday for crews to continue to construct new trails and to protect public safety.
Completed trails will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the end of August on the following schedule:
Fridays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maps and Web Links
Single-track Motorcycle Map - http://1.usa.gov/12gxq0D
4x4 Map — http://1.usa.gov/13ynqhx
ATV Map — http://1.usa.gov/190YWiN
Check out DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog for more information on Reiter Foothills — http://bit.ly/165E5Ka
For the safety of trail users, DNR stresses the importance of staying on designated trails. Trails without signage are not designated trails and, therefore, are illegal to ride. Use of trails still under construction will add to the cost of construction and pose a dangerous risk to riders and DNR staff. It is important that riders obey posted signs and stay off unsigned trail or trails that are not posted as open on the trail map.
Please report illegal activity to DNR’s Forest Watch program at 1-855-883-8368 or email@example.com.
Directions to Reiter Foothills
From Gold Bar, head east on State Highway 2. Turn left on Reiter Road just outside of Gold Bar. Go 1 mile and stay to the right at the ‘Y’ in the road. Continue on Reiter Road for another 3.1 miles. As you approach the 3.2 mile mark, turn left onto a DNR forest road (commonly known as Deer Flats Road). As you approach the turn, there will be a tree with two bright orange painted dots, an arrow painted on the road with a big “R,” and a DNR sign that says “Construction and Restoration in Progress.” Continue a little further to the parking area, which will be marked.
Background on Reiter Foothills Forest
Reiter Foothills Forest is a block of forested state trust lands in southeastern Snohomish County managed by DNR. The forest has long been a popular place for recreation, particularly off-road vehicle (ORV) riding.
In November 2009, DNR temporarily closed the area to all but foot access while the agency and volunteers worked to restore environmental damage and develop a safe and sustainable plan for new trails. The motorized trail plan also calls for additional restoration work.
Among the tools DNR uses to manage recreation is developing comprehensive recreation plans that ensure public safety and help protect wildlife habitat, water quality and other natural resources on state trust lands. In April 2010, DNR completed the Reiter Foothills Recreation Plan, which went through an extensive public involvement process over several years, including a State Environmental Policy Act review.
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
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 dispersed recreation on trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, DNR Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, firstname.lastname@example.org
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