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Tag: Washington State Parks


Saturday is a free admission day at Washington State Parks

Just to remind folks, especially those people who are looking to take advantage of the warm weather in the forecast, that Saturday is a free admission day.

Saturday is one of 12 State Parks free days set for this year, in honor of the agency’s centennial birthday.

That means you can visit any Washington state park without needing a Discover Pass that costs $10 per day or $30 a year. Click here to learn more about the Discover Pass program.


Which is your favorite Washington state park?

As the 100th anniversary of Washington State Park approaches, we want to know which is your favorite state park.

We know, with so many state parks to choose from (117 to be exact), this might not be easy. But let us know which is your favorite state park with an explanation why. Include your name and hometown.

So far we’ve had readers express their appreciation for Cape Disappointment and Moran state parks. Here is your chance to speak out for your favorite.

You can send your answer by mail to Jeffrey P. Mayor, The News Tribune, 1950 S. State St.,

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Officials checking to see if pipe found at Cape Disappointment is tsunami debris

State officials are examining a large, metal cylinder that washed ashore Monday at Cape Disappointment State Park to determine if it came from Japan as a result of being swept out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami.

The cylinder is longer than a small pickup truck, measuring 19 feet, 4 inches long. It is 3 feet in diameter, with ¾-inch base plates that measure 3 feet by 3 feet. While no markings have been detected yet, some algae and other sea life were attached to the item.

As a precaution, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife official will

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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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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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