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 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.