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 for campground development in the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), located in East Snohomish County. Development will include installation of sustainable backcountry toilets at five existing backcountry campgrounds in the NRCA, including the Beaver Plant Lake, Upper Ashland Lake and Lower Ashland Lake campgrounds on the Ashland Lakes trail system, and the Little Greider Lake and Big Greider Lake campgrounds on the Boulder-Greider trail system. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be improved backcountry camping.