Cypress Island and Blanchard Trail Development

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to develop hiking trails in the Cypress Island Natural Resources Conservation area and the Blanchard State Forest, both in Skagit County. The department will build 2.25 miles of trail on Cypress Island and .3 mile of a longer trail to Oyster Dome in the Blanchard State Forest. Development will include excavation, surfacing, and installation of water drainage features and trail features such as rock steps, crib walls, signs, and viewpoints at both worksites. This project will develop trails that improve public safety, reduce natural resource damage, and meet the increasing public demand for hiking access on Cypress Island and in the Blanchard State Forest. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $60,606 in staff labor and donations of labor.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 60606 Project Type: Development County: Skagit Legislative District: 40 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1820

Location Details

Cypress Island is a boat only accessible landscape. Contact landowner prior to access to arrange site visit.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.