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 fund the third of four total trail system development phases targeting 10 new trail miles in Raging River State Forest, approximately 20 miles east of Seattle, expanding the trail system for mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian opportunities. The proposed new trails will give visitors a safer alternative to using service roads, further develop a Mountains to Sound Greenway Regional Trail missing link, provide under-served downhill mountain biking trails, and provide access to a zone currently without trails – predominantly for equestrian access. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be improved non-motorized multiple-use trail recreation in the Raging River State Forest area.