A new recreation plan for the Green Mountain and Tahuya state forests calls for the creation of new trails and trailheads and expanded 4x4 off-road vehicle opportunities.
The state Department of Natural Resources approved the plan that will guide the management of recreation in nearly 38,000 acres of DNR-managed forest land on and near the Kitsap Peninsula for the next 10-15 years.
The plan represents three years of collaborative work by the department, local user groups, a citizen advisory committee and members of the public.
The area covered by the plan includes Green Mountain and Tahuya state forests; the West Tahuya, Sherwood and Anderson forest blocks; and scattered parcels of land just north of Green Mountain State Forest. The areas attract more than 250,000 visitors each year.
Staffers will continue to work with user groups to enhance and expand recreation opportunities in the planning area, said an agency news release. The department also is pursuing grants and other funding to develop the projects laid out in the plan.
Among the projects in the plan:
• Convert an old forest road to a trail for nonmotorized vehicles.
• Locate, design, and construct new trailheads and trails.
• Enhance and expand existing 4x4 motorized recreation opportunities in Tahuya State Forest.
• Design and construct new hiking and mountain biking trails.
• Improve vista sites.
• Design and construct an “around-the-mountain” trail for nonmotorized use in Green Mountain.
Current developed recreation opportunities in the planning area include four overnight campgrounds, 12 day-use facilities, a day-use scenic vista on Green Mountain, six trailheads and five lakes for day use, fishing and water recreation. There are about 88 miles of designated trails in Tahuya State Forest and about 10 miles of designated trails in Green Mountain State Forest, including single track, double track and four-wheel drive trails.