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 build 10 miles of trail in Raging River State Forest, about 20 miles east of Seattle, expanding the opportunities for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The new trails will give visitors a safer alternative to using service roads, further develop a Mountains to Sound Greenway trail system, add under-served downhill mountain biking trails, and provide access to an area without trails, predominantly for people riding horses. This is the third of four phases. This project is supported by the Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, a public planning process completed in 2015 with widespread support from user groups, recreation nonprofit organizations, public advisory committees, and nearby communities. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $320,000 in a state appropriation, staff labor, materials, potentially a grant from the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program, and donations of labor.