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Posted on: April 11, 2016

16-013 State Parks to host Q&A about recreation planning for South Whidbey state parks

OLYMPIA – April 18, 2016 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend a question-and-answer session about South Whidbey State Park and the Possession Point and Useless Bay state park properties. 

The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Whidbey Water Services, 5585 Lotto Ave., Freeland. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/i6U2N) Information about the planning project is available online at http://bit.ly/sowhidbeyparkplan.   

The April 26 meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions of State Park staff with different areas of expertise, including the agency’s tree specialist, the area manager for these three parks and the project manager coordinating the current planning process. Any and all questions related to these parks are welcome.

Opportunities for public comment will be available at the meeting, and public comment also may be provided online at http://bit.ly/sowhidbeyparkplan  or by contacting Randy Kline, Parks Planner, at (360) 902-8632 or randy.kline@parks.wa.gov.

Background
In spring 2015, Parks staff preparing for the upcoming camping season noted that several large Douglas-fir trees in the campground had snapped and fallen across campsites. A forest pathologist found advanced heart rot disease in the stems of large old-growth trees in the park—a condition that can result in falling trees and limbs without warning. As a public safety precaution, State Parks management closed the park to overnight camping. The park remains open for day use.

The condition of the trees and the closure of the campground prompted State Parks to begin a public planning process to determine the direction of recreation at South Whidbey State Park. The planning process will also address recreational uses and stewardship of natural resources at Possession Point and Useless Bay state park properties.

State Parks has completed more than 100 land-use plans for parks around the state, through its Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) public process. The CAMP process will address the forest health issues that led to the recent campground closure, day-use and camping opportunities, overall visitor experiences, natural resources, recreation areas and trails and other topics of interest to the community.

About South Whidbey State Park
South Whidbey State Park is a 347-acre park with 4,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. The park is known for its old-growth forest, tidelands and breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/964/South-Whidbey-Possession-Point-and-Usele

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contacts:
Randy Kline, (360) 902-8632
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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