OLYMPIA – The Department of Natural Resources was awarded a $107,402 grant to continue an established education and enforcement program in the Tahuya and Green Mountain state forests.
The grant is from the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation's NOVA program, an acronym standing for the Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities program, which provides funding for recreation on backcountry trails and roads.
|The Department of Natural Resources won the grant after competing statewide and ranking first of 31 applicants competing in the education and enforcement category of the NOVA program. Only 12 projects received funding.
The department will use the grant to pay for a fully trained and commissioned Natural Resources Investigator to patrol
|off-road vehicle trails and trail heads, educate the public about proper trail use and its correlation to the environment and give assistance to lost or injured riders. The investigator will be a commissioned law enforcement officer who will be able to issue warnings and citations to violators. The officer will be assisted by Department's South Puget Sound region staff and volunteers, including an active Forest Watch and Hosting program. The primary focus will be in the Tahuya State Forest in Mason County and the Green Mountain State Forest in Kitsap County, both of which are open all year, and offer 180 miles of multi-use trails, campgrounds and trail heads.
DNR will contribute $49,290 in equipment, labor, materials, and donated labor.
Funding for NOVA grants comes from the gas tax and off-road vehicle permits.