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REITER FOREST WORK PARTY SCHEDULED
Next focus group is late October

September 29, 2010




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(INDEX, WA) -- The next Washington State Dep’t of Natural Resources (DNR) sponsored Reiter Forest work party for volunteers is scheduled for October 2nd.

The field day picks up where volunteers left off on September 19th when DNR staffers and volunteers began reconnaissance efforts to collect information about potential areas for non-motorized trails.

Check out the most recent map of the non-motorized area and conceptual trails by clicking the map icon AT ABOVE RIGHT.

In a statement the agency said this work party would be doing arduous hiking through very steep terrain.

Interested volunteers meet at the Reiter gravel parking area outside of Gold Bar on Reiter Road. Would be volunteers who plan to join in the work on this day are advised by the agency 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 the Reiter Foothills Forest. It would be helpful but not required to bring a GPS unit.

If you would like to participate, contact David Way in advance at 360-854-2830.

The next focus group on the Reiter Forest plan is scheduled for 7 p.m., October 27th at the Snohomish County Administrative complex in Everett.

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

INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT AT THE FOREST?

If you’re interested in helping at Reiter Foothills Forest, DNR says it 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.

DNR continues to work on the motorized trail plan and associated documents to prepare for the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process and applying for permits from Snohomish County.

Specifically the agency is working on more detailed trail design for those motorized trails that are not located in critical areas and are being considered for the first phase of construction.

The work includes field verification of data collected; trail design and construction detailing, drainage and grading; technical reports; cost estimates; and trail construction specifications.

DNR staffers are also translating field notes into the GIS system, which provides information on slope and drainage patterns, and calculations for the amount of cut and fill slopes for different types of trails.

All this information is required for getting a grading permit from the county.

REMINDER: REITER CLOSED TO ALL BUT FOOT TRAFFIC

DNR staffers said in a recent update they have been receiving a number of phone calls and emails from individuals who have heard that the Reiter Foothills Forest is open for equestrian use.

This is NOT true.

A DNR spokeswoman said recently the Reiter Foothills area is closed to all use except foot traffic at this time.




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