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Posted on: October 23, 2014

14-068 State Parks kicks off public planning process for Fudge Point on Harstine Island

OLYMPIA – Oct. 23, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the beginning of a public process to develop a management plan for Fudge Point on Harstine Island in Mason County.

The public is invited to participate in the process at an initial meeting scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Mason County PUD 3 operations center at 2621 E. Johns Prairie Rd. in Shelton. Directions to the PUD 3 building: http://j.mp/1wfPt5P.

During the planning process, the public will have several opportunities to provide input and comments on the recreational development of the property. More information about the Fudge Point management planning process is available here: http://www.parks.wa.gov/896/Fudge-Point-Planning

Fudge Point is located on the east side of Harstine Island, 3/4 miles south of McMicken Island State Park. Washington State Parks acquired the 136-acre property in 2013 and 2014, for public access and recreation. It includes 3,300 acres of natural shoreline; Buffington’s Lagoon; a flat, sandy beach; and adjacent uplands. The location is recognized as having high-quality habitat, including undisturbed nearshore habitat for salmon. For a map of Fudge Point visit: http://j.mp/1t6UOKp

At this initial planning meeting, the public will hear more about the property, State Parks’ planning process and next steps.

For more information about the Fudge Point Plan, contact Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, 360-902-8671 or michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov

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CAMP: State Parks’ Land-use Planning
State Parks has completed more than 100 land-use plans for parks around the state, through its Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) process. The public planning process in each case addresses overall visitor experiences, natural resources, use of park buildings, recreation areas and trails and other topics of interest to the community. Land classifications within a park boundary are identified to guide the operation of a park, taking into consideration any stewardship and protection concerns and allowing appropriate recreation uses.

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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Media contacts:
Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:(800) 833-6388

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