Recreation Trails Policy Background
Updated: October 27, 2014
On March 28, 2014, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2151 was signed into law. The main component of this bill directs DNR to develop a recreational trail policy and to adopt the policy by October 31, 2015.
Once a recreational trail policy is in place, DNR will be able to establish trail standards guided by the priorities outlined in ESHB 2151. DNR will work with stakeholders and the public in the development of the recreational trail policy.
Focus on trails
DNR currently manages over 1,000 miles of designated trails statewide. There are also hundreds of miles of user-created trails on DNR-managed lands. A recreational trails policy will allow DNR to continue providing a broad range of sustainable recreation opportunities, including non-motorized and motorized activities such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorcycle and ATV riding, and 4x4 use.
How are we going to develop the policy?
The Recreation Trails Policy is going to be developed in partnership with the public. There will be a variety of ways for you to participate. This summer the department is gathering input from agency staff across the state. In late summer and fall there will be several open houses at various locations across the state designed to collect public input.
Later this fall DNR will set up a committee of interested stakeholders who will begin collaborating with the agency to review public comments, identify issues, evaluate options, and develop the policy.
We anticipate a final draft of the policy in summer 2015. At that time there will be an environmental review and public comment period on the proposed policy in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
Learn more about the project phases and proposed timeline are identified on the Recreation Trails Policy flowchart.
How can you participate?
Public Open Houses
In September and October 2014, members of the public attended one of seven open houses across the state to learn about the Trails Policy, give comments, and pick up applications for the Trail Policy Committee. See comments from these meetings in the column at the right of this page.
Trail Policy Committee
The Trail Policy Committee application period closed on October 17th. The committee selection process will be final in the next several weeks and the first committee meeting will be scheduled for November.
Send us an email during the project and share your comments. The email address for this project is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Provide formal comments to us during the SEPA public comment period anticipated in late summer 2015.