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NEXT REITER FOREST FIELD DAY FOR VOLUNTEERS IS OCT. 17
October 11, 2010
(UPPER SKY VALLEY) -- The next Reiter Forest planned recreational area volunteer work party/field day here in the Sky Valley is scheduled for October 17. The day will be used to get more familiar with the non-motorized area and the potential opportunities for non-motorized trails and facilities.
This is a chance for volunteers to hike the area, and see and discuss trail possibilities. The hiking will be arduous through very steep terrain.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) work parties start at 9:30 a.m. and go until 3 p.m. or until the day’s projects are completed. Volunteers meet at the Reiter gravel parking area outside of Gold Bar on Reiter Road.
If you plan to come for the day as a volunteer you are asked to be prepared to hike across rough terrain for up to five or six miles in all weather, and carry food and water for yourself. There are no facilities in Reiter Foothills Forest. DNR says it would be helpful but not required for volunteers to bring a GPS unit.
The Saturday, November 6th field day has been cancelled
If you’re interested in helping at the Reiter Foothills Forest with restoration work and trail planning, construction, and maintenance projects contact David Way, 360-854-2830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next focus group meeting on the Reiter Forest planned recreational area is scheduled for 7 p.m., October 27 at the Snohomish County Administrative complex in Everett. For more information contact Candace Johnson at 360-854-2803 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, October 2nd, DNR staff members and volunteers continued to work on the non-motorized trail locations. They were able to do reconnaissance below and above a massive cliff that could provide for a scenic vista overlooking the Skykomish Valley.
The group also flagged in a potential route from the lower elevation trail area to the upper elevation trail areas designated for mountain bike use. You can download the draft Non-Motorized Concept Map at: http://bit.ly/9cMSDr
DNR is continuing to work on the motorized trail plan and associated documents to prepare for the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process and is in the process of applying for permits from Snohomish County.
Recently DNR staff finished collecting survey points every 50 to 100 ft on the steep sections of the proposed ATV Trunk Trail through motorized sub-areas 3, 4, and part of 7. Download the draft Motorized Concept Map at: http://tinyurl.com/246scxt
Reminder: Reiter closed to all but foot traffic
The Reiter Foothills area is closed to all use except foot traffic at this time as DNR continues to work with various members of the recreation community to develop a safe and sustainable trail plan for motorized and non-motorized trails in the Reiter Foothills.