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Category: State parks


Day-use area, portion of campground reopened at Penrose Point State Park

The day-use area and first campground loop at Penrose Point State Park have reopened. State Parks and Recreation made the announcement earlier this afternoon.

Work has been taking place since September as the park has gone through a sewer system upgrade.

State Parks officials noted that the trail dump station and boat pumpout are expected to be closed through Feb. 8.

The park is located on the east side of Key Peninsula, at the head of Mayo Cove.


Fort Worden State Park management could be shared by Washington State Parks, Port Townsend Lifelong Learning Center

From Washington State Parks:

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday directed staff to move forward with negotiating an agreement to co-manage Fort Worden State Park with the Port Townsend Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority (PDA).

The conversation regarding options for the optimal future management of Fort Worden State Park has been under way since 2004. The Commission in 2007 adopted a vision for Fort Worden as a center for life-long learning, a financially sustainable full-service destination providing a broad array of meaningful experiences for a diverse audience of visitors. Included in the plan was the recognition

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State Parks honors volunteers, groups for their efforts

Individuals and groups were recently honored by the State Parks and Recreation Commission as recipients of the 2011 Volunteer Recognition Awards for outstanding volunteer service.

State Parks works with volunteers throughout Washington to enhance the agency’s efficiency and to stretch funding. Last year, volunteers performed 271,260 hours of work, equal to 130 full-time employees.

Among the winners were Bob and Linda Putts of Tacoma, who received a lifetime achievement award.
The couple has volunteered for State Parks for the past seven years, with most of their time spent at Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. The Putts answered visitors questions,

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Discover Pass can now be used in two vehicles

A single Discover Pass now can be used on either of two motor vehicles, after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation earlier today.

The change takes effect immediately. Holders of previously issued annual passes may enter a second vehicle license number on their existing pass.
Pass transfer between two vehicles also applies to vehicle access passes issued free with purchases of annual fishing and hunting licenses for access to state Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation lands and water- access sites.

The Discover Pass was created by the 2011 Legislature and took effect last July. The pass – required to

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Drug use suspected in accident that killed state park ranger near Seabeck

From the Associated Press:

SEABECK, Wash. — A Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman says drug use is suspected in the two vehicle head-on crash that killed a park ranger Friday night near Seabeck, Wash.

Sgt. Ken Dickinson says the 44-year-old ranger was apparently driving home from work when a Ford Thunderbird crossed the center line and collided with his vehicle head-on.

The 35-year-old man driving the Thunderbird was arrested for suspicion of vehicular homicide. His bail was set at $500,000.

Dickinson says the initial investigation indicated narcotics were involved, but final toxicology results are pending

He says that driver and a passenger

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State Parks considers transfer of Fort Worden to public development authority

The State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider a resolution Thursday that establishes the conditions under which it would be willing to transfer Fort Worden State Park to the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority that would own and manage the park.

The resolution will be considered during the regular meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, at the Labor and Industries Auditorium, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater.

Here is the rest of the news release:

If the PDA completes a business plan showing that it can successfully fund the park and if it agrees to certain

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Washington State Parks sets public meeting for mining on ocean beaches

From Washington State Parks:

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invite the public to attend an informational meeting to discuss about recently adopted state regulations on small-scale mineral prospecting and mining on ocean beaches.

The meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street, Montesano. Information will be provided about small-scale beach prospecting rules enacted by State Parks in 2011 to regulate this activity on ocean beaches. The public is welcome to share opinions and preferences about the rules and regulations during

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U.S. Forest Service announces fee free days, including this weekend

The U.S. Forest Service today announced eight dates when it will waive fees that are usually collected to support forest maintenance and amenities.

Visitors to national forests will not pay fees on the following dates in 2012:

  • Saturday-Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend
  • June 9: Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 10-12: Veterans Day weekend

Despite the Forest Service’s fee waivers, the agency does not usually charge for visitors to national forests. In fact, the Forest Service does not charge for access on 98 percent of its land, said a news release. More

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