Morning Star Sustainable Backcountry Toilets

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to add backcountry toilets in the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area, in east Snohomish County. The department will add the toilets at five campgrounds: Beaver Plant Lake, Upper Ashland Lake, Lower Ashland Lake, Little Greider Lake, and Big Greider Lake campgrounds. The Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area provides backcountry hiking and primitive camping opportunities for recreation users from all over Washington and beyond. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $20,150 in a state appropriation and donations of labor.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $ 216,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 20,150.00 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 39 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1614

Location Details

Begin in Granite Falls; Travel on Mountain Loop Highway 15.2 miles to Forest Service 4020 Road; Turn right on 4020 Road; Travel on 4020 Road 2.7 miles to Forest Service 4021 Road; Travel on 4021 Road for 1.4 miles to Ashland Lakes Trailhead entry road on left; travel on entry road for 1000 feet to Ashland Lakes trailhead.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.