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.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to renovate the trails and campsites at Boulder Lake, a popular hiking destination in the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area, about 25 miles east of Everett. The department will install a backcountry toilet and renovate nine campsites and 0.5 mile of trail in the Boulder Lake Camping Area. In addition, the department will renovate 3.8 miles of the Boulder Lake Trail. The work will improve public safety and mitigate environmental impacts from public use. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $21,520 in a state appropriation and donated labor.