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 replace the boardwalk at the McLane Creek Nature Trails in Capitol State Forest, near Olympia. The nature trails have extensive boardwalks and viewing areas over the perennial ponds and streams, giving visitors a close up view of wetlands, streams, wildlife, native plants, and salmon, without disrupting the natural environment. Many schools, from pre-schools to college classes, use McLane Creek for environmental education, research, and other learning purposes. The new boardwalk will ensure trail connections, enhance safety, and increase user enjoyment for thousands of people for many years to come. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $36,000 in equipment, staff labor, and donations of labor and materials.