Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Tiger Mountain

September 25, 2012

By Staff

Washingtonians can celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Tiger Mountain State Forest, other state forestlands or at national parks.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the lineup for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, includes a mountain bike trail construction event on Tiger Mountain.

The annual observance is meant to encourage people to head outside and enjoy the outdoors.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark invited the public to join volunteers to celebrate the event on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands across Washington.

What to know

National Public Lands Day

  • Tiger Mountain State Forest trail construction work party
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29
  • Volunteers can sign up at the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance website, www.evergreenmtb.org.
  • Participants should bring food and water, a hard hat and other personal protective equipment.
  • Contact Sam Jarrett at 206-375-0448 or sam.jarrett@dnr.wa.gov to learn more.
  • Find a list of National Park Service-administered sites in Washington at www.nps.gov/state/wa.

Statewide, hundreds of volunteers plan to join the agency and partner organizations to repair trails, clean up litter, clear brush, remove invasive plants, and complete other projects in recreation lands and conservation areas.

The effort on Tiger Mountain is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

Participants can accrue volunteer hours toward a complimentary Discover Pass for participating in the Tiger Mountain event.

Meanwhile, National Park Service officials announced free admission to national parks for National Public Lands Day.

Other federal agencies offering free admission include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service.

Normally, 133 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 264 parks do not charge for admission.

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