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 the McLane Creek Nature Trail in rural Thurston County to preserve public safety and protect natural resources. Work will include replacing an aging log bridge, building an educational viewing platform to minimize damage to sensitive streamside plants and soil, redeveloping the entry by adding a covered structure for group gatherings and an information board, developing a new trail, and replacing the restrooms. The facility is near capacity during the summer and fall and is in great need of renovation. The McLane Creek Nature Trail is on the eastern edge of Capitol State Forest. The site provides a unique combination of family friendly hiking trails, and easy access to views of freshwater wetland beaver ponds, salmon and bird habitat, and a low elevation forest ecosystem.