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 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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $ 216,000.00 Applicant Match: 20150 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 39 Status: Active 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.