The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
This month’s featured project is Green Mountain State Forest, located on ancestral land of the Twana/Skokomish, Coast Salish, S’Klallam, and Suquamish, and is currently still in progress with a completion date of 5/31/22. The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant, from the 2019-2021 grant cycle, to develop 14 miles of well-designed sustainable new trail in Green Mountain State Forest, approximately 18 miles southwest of the Silverdale/Bremerton area. This project will expand the trail system for mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian opportunities. The proposed new trails will improve trail loop opportunities and provide visitors a safer and less congested experience on the mountain. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be improved non-motorized trail recreation.