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 2 miles of the Gothic Basin Trail and build six designated campsites and a composting restroom in the Gothic Basin camping area, in the Morningstar Natural Resources Conservation Area, about 25 miles east of Everett. The work will improve protection of the environment and the user experience. The trail and camping area are used for hiking, climbing, and backcountry camping. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $21,520 in a state appropriation and donated labor.