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Posted on: May 19, 2017

17-034 Volunteers needed to help clear trails for Monte Trails Appreciation Day



Media contacts:
Meryl Lipman, (360) 902-8557
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604

OLYMPIA – May 19, 2017 – Washington State Parks, Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia (FOSLS) and the City of Montesano invite the public to participate in the ninth annual Monte Trails Appreciation Day.

The volunteer event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Rd., Montesano. (Directions) Participants will spend the day clearing the vast system of trails in and around the park. Volunteers will meet at the park’s swim beach area.

The event coincides with National Trails Day, which occurs on the first Saturday of June every year. A Discover Pass will not be needed on this day.

Miles Wenzel, the park ranger for Lake Sylvia, noted that Lake Sylvia State Park is the trailhead for the city trail system and forest.

“People don’t differentiate between the two,” Wenzel said. “They say they are going to the lake to hike, not that they’re going to the lake to go hiking in the city forest.”

For this reason, he said, the city, the park and the Friends group have maintained a strong relationship.

Though work party turnout is often weather-dependent, Wenzel expects to see a dedicated group of volunteers in the park for National Trails Day.

Volunteers should bring boots, gloves, hand tools, weed whackers, pruning shears, a lunch and proper work clothes, and leave pets at home. Water and snacks will be provided by FOSLS.

For more information about Monte Trails Appreciation Day, contact Miles Wenzel, (360) 249-3621, or Loren Hiner, forester for the City of Montesano, (360) 249-5424.

About Lake Sylvia State Park

Lake Sylvia State Park is set in the hills between Olympia and the Washington Coast, in a former logging camp above the historic town of Montesano. The park centers around a large lake and is known as a summer family park, but hikers and mountain bikers take advantage of the former logging roads above and around the park. The park itself has a 5-mile loop trail for hikers. For more information about Lake Sylvia State Park, visit:


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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1111 Israel Road S.W.
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

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