In 2016 The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission completed a planning process for the eastern section of Iron Horse State Park Trail. Iron Horse State Park is a linear park comprised of most of the former 287-mile Milwaukee Road Railroad corridor. Planning for the 110 mile western portion of the Iron Horse State Park trail from Cedar Falls (near North Bend) to Beverly Bridge on the west side of the Columbia River was completed in 2000. In 2014, State Parks completed planning for the 34 mile section of railroad corridor between Malden and the Idaho border. This planning process addressed the remaining 140 mile portion of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that extends from Beverly Bridge to Malden.
State Parks and Recreation Commission July 21, 2016 meeting in Clarkston
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Stage One – Identify issues and concerns
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
– Exploring alternative approaches
stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address
the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred
alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the
range of possibilities.
Three – Preparing preliminary recommendations
ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into
a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and
development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues
raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at
this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that
describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
– Preparing final recommendations
four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the
seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is
encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide