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ILLEGAL OFF ROAD USE NOTICED IN REITER FOOTHILLS FOREST
November 07, 2010



(INDEX, WA) -- Someone’s been using the now closed Reiter Forest area around Index illegally for off road vehicle use.

“We have recently observed evidence of some off-road travel in the area. Please remember—and remind others—that Reiter remains closed to off-road vehicle use while we design and construct trails and do restoration work. If we are to be successful opening an off-road trail system at Reiter, it is critical that everyone observe the rules. If you see illegal use, please call 911,” said Candace Johnson, Assistant Region Manager, State Lands for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Special Reiter Field Day and Site Tour—November 14

In other Reiter Forest news the agency invites all interested citizens and area residents to come to a special field day on Sunday, November 14, to tour the locations in the Reiter Foothills Forest for the proposed motorized trails.

This is an opportunity to get more familiar with the proposed trails as DNR prepares the final trail plan and the documents for the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process.

During the field tour, the Deer Creek Flats Road will be open to licensed street vehicles between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The field tour begins at the Deer Creek Flats Road, located along Reiter Road 3.8 miles east of the intersection of Reiter Road and Highway 2. Look for DNR signs.

A DNR staff member or volunteer will meet you at the beginning of the tour.

During that time, members of the public can take self-guided walks along the trail routes or view the proposed motorized trail locations from the road.

DNR staff and volunteers will be on site to answer questions and provide maps of the area.

Please be prepared for all weather and conditions and note there are no facilities (restrooms, water, etc) or services available at Reiter.

Next work party is Nov. 21

DNR cancelled the first Saturday-of-the-month work party that was scheduled for November 6 and the next scheduled work party is November 21.

Due to the holidays, DNR also cancelled the November 24 and December 22 focus group meetings. The next focus group meeting will begin at 7 p.m., December 8, at the Snohomish County Administrative complex in Everett.

For more information, contact Candace Johnson at 360-854-2803 or candace.johnson@dnr.wa.gov.

Progress Report

DNR staff members and volunteers are continuing to make progress at Reiter. DNR staffers recently spent a field day with a group of mountain bike enthusiasts doing reconnaissance to identify features and trails the mountain bikers are interested in.

DNR is evaluating trail profiles, calculating cut-and-fill estimates and quantifying the amounts of material (for example rock, gravel) needed for phase 1 and 2 motorized trail construction projects.

There will be a more detailed map for public review soon. For now, interested parties can access the draft Motorized Trail Conceptual Map at: http://tinyurl.com/246scxt

If you’re interested in helping at Reiter Foothills Forest, DNR can always use volunteers to help with restoration work and trail planning, construction, and maintenance projects.

For more information, contact David Way, 360-854-2830 or david.way@dnr.wa.gov.





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