OLYMPIA – Even though the weather is warming up, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to remind off-road vehicle (ORV) riders that Capitol State Forest is closed to ORVs for the season and will re-open May 1.
“We have received reports from people who have witnessed ORV riding in areas that are clearly marked as closed for the season,” said Larry Raedel, chief law enforcement officer for DNR. “Riding on these trails too early in the season can cause damage to natural resources.”
Capitol State Forest is closed to ORV riding during the winter and early spring months, because the clay-based soils are still saturated and can’t support the weight and constant wear and tear from motorized vehicles. Additionally, ORV riding on muddy trails can cause sediment to enter nearby streams. DNR provides recreational access to the public on state trust lands, but it must also manage the lands sustainably to protect these areas’ natural resources and be in compliance with clean water laws.