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 14 miles of trail in Green Mountain State Forest, about 18 miles southwest of the Silverdale-Bremerton area. The new trails will expand opportunities for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians and give visitors a safer and less congested experience on the mountain. The department will renovate and re-route 4 miles of trail and develop 10 miles of new trail, effectively doubling the miles of existing trail. The renovated and re-routed trails will disperse users out of busy trailheads and protect a sensitive stream and wetland. The new trails will improve trail connections and provide access into remote areas of the state forest. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $140,000 in a state appropriation, staff labor, materials, and donations of cash and labor.