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 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.