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State Parks Commission to hold regular meeting in Olympia this week

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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet in Olympia for its regular meeting this week.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Governor Hotel, 621 Capital Way S., Olympia. A full Commission meeting agenda is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/agency/commissionmeetings/. Time for public comment is provided at all regular Commission meetings, which are scheduled a year in advance and convened six times a year at locations around the state.

The Commission will consider adoption of an agency advertising policy to allow commercial advertising on agency digital media, including websites, as well as on print media, such as park brochures and maps. Currently, “.gov” uniform resource locators (URLS) are regulated by the federal government, and federal policy prohibits commercial advertising on “.gov” URLs. The agency is requesting an exemption through the General Services Administration to allow advertising on its “.gov” sites. If no exemption is granted, the policy would allow State Parks to develop opportunities to offer advertising through redirects to official agency “.com” sites.

In other business, the Commission will hear a legislative and financial update, and staff will present a variety of reports, including: the agency’s statewide Boating Programs (scheduled for 10:30 a.m.); a grant update on Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s state parks category, process and criteria; a statewide trails program update; Interpretive Transformation initiative report; 2013 Kukutali Preserve Annual Report; the future of Bridgeport State Park; and park naming and counting.

Work sessions: Two work sessions are scheduled during Commission meeting week. Work sessions are open to the public, however, no public testimony is heard and no formal Commission action taken at work sessions. The sessions are as follows:

9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, Governor Hotel, 621 Capital Way. S., Olympia. Wednesday work session topics include the agency’s Transformation Strategy; urban wildlife refuges; deferred maintenance and historic preservation; Nisqually memorandum of understanding and other tribal partnerships; status report on law enforcement and maintenance; marketing plan; partnerships and the 2014 director’s contract.

8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Washington State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.E., Olympia. Friday’s session includes discussion of work underway as part of the agency Transformation Strategy to define a healthy and sustainable park system; the work is intended to help with development of the 2014 Strategic Plan and 2014-16 budget request.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks_NEWS, www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the new State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old in 2013. For more information about parks and services, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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.

Free Days at Washington State Parks this weekend

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OLYMPIA – Washington State Parks announces Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20 are the first of 12 “free days” in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands. The 2014 State Parks free days are as follows:

January 19 and 20 – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday
• April 19 – A spring Saturday “free day”
• April 22 – Earth Day
• May 11 – A spring Sunday “free day”
• June 7 and 8 – National Trails Day and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing Weekend
• June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
• August 25 – National Park Service birthday
• September 27 – National Public Lands Day
• November 11 – Veterans Day:

Discover Pass does not replace Sno-park permits required of visitors using winter recreation sites.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19 and invites the public to join the celebration at events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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.

State Parks meeting will focus on future of Saint Edward Seminary Building

Saint Edward Seminary (sometimes "Saint Edward's Seminary") was an institution for developing Catholic priests in the US state of Washington.

The Washington State Parks Department plans to move forward with a public meeting next week to discuss the future of the Seminary Building at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Northshore Utility District, 6830 N.E. 185th St., Kenmore. The meeting originally was to include discussion of a potential lease by a private company. Interest in a lease agreement was withdrawn Wednesday, however the Commission is proceeding with the public meeting because of the discussion it wants to have with the public about how to preserve the unique historic building.

Saint Edward Seminary stands as an iconic feature of the 316-acre park on Lake Washington in Kenmore. Constructed in 1931 as a Catholic Seminary, the building is brick and cast stone and features Late Romanesque Revival Style architecture. It has 80,000 square feet and includes a bell tower, study hall, library, chapel, classrooms, dormitories and kitchen. A grand hall is rented out for events, but most of the building is currently unused. The building and its surrounding landscape are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Saint Edward Seminary (sometimes "Saint Edward's Seminary") was an institution for developing Catholic priests in the US state of Washington.

Saint Edward Seminary (sometimes “Saint Edward’s Seminary”) was an institution for developing Catholic priests in the US state of Washington.

Status of the building has long been of interest to the public and to historic preservation, political and community leaders. This past summer, a diverse group of interested parties met with the State Parks director and Commission members to reinvigorate the discussion about finding financial support to preserve the structure. In November, the Commission adopted a resolution directing staff to explore partnerships that could help with that goal.

Recently, a broker representing a private firm approached State Parks with an interest in a short-term use of the building while a longer term lease could be explored. The discussion had included potential private investment in building improvements.

“The potential opportunity that was being discussed is no longer active, but that does not mean we stop talking about a solution for this significant historic building,” said Don Hoch, director. “We had intended to start a process with the public to explore the future of the structure, and we intend to continue in that process with the public. We have a stewardship responsibility here, and we’re committed to exploring any partnership proposals that may help us preserve this building as part of our state’s historic legacy.”

Hoch said that any partnership or long-term lease agreement proposals that may surface will go through appropriate planning, permitting, environmental review and public involvement before a Commission decision.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013. For information about events and activities, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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.

Washington state parks remain open – Federal shutdown does not affect state parks operations

In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to visit the Washington State Parks web site, www.parks.wa.gov, to learn about parks, trails and activities available to enjoy during the fall season. 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com. 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. 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. 

Campfire ban lifted in Washington State Parks

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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.

Washington CoastSavers Partner with Operation Shore Patrol

Along with Washington State Parks and the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association, participating groups include the Callam Bay-Seiku Lions Club, Discover Your Northwest, Olympia Coast National Coast Marine Sanctuary, Olympia National Park, and Surfrider Foundation. You can sign up for the beach cleanup of your choice by visiting online at www.coastsavers.org.

The Tribal nations of the Quileute and Hoh along Washington’s coastline also support and participate in tribal beach cleanup events during this event. 

To learn about additional International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup events in Washington, send an e-mail to [email protected] 

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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.

State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch No Family Left Inside

SUBWAY® restaurants in the following counties are participating in the No Family Left Inside program: King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom. On Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the Discover Pass requirement is waived at Washington state parks. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers will plant trees, remove trash and build trails at public lands in Washington and across the nation. 

SUBWAY® restaurants will help celebrate this special day by giving away $5,000 in cash cards to the first 100 people to visit designated state parks on Sept. 28. These parks include Larrabee near the city of Bellingham, Deception Pass on Whidbey Island, Lincoln Rock in Douglas County, Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, Millersylvania near Olympia, Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor County, Belfair in Mason County, Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County, Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Saltwater in King County.

“We are grateful and excited to be working with SUBWAY® restaurants to promote the Washington State Discover Pass and the healthy recreation people can enjoy on our public lands,” said Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “This partnership also highlights the purpose of public lands day in raising awareness about the beautiful natural places available to all.” 

About SUBWAY® restaurants
Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, and with regional offices in Amsterdam, Beirut, Brisbane, Miami and Singapore, the SUBWAY® brand was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. Their partnership, which continues today, marked the beginning of a remarkable journey – one that has made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business. In 2012, SUBWAY® Restaurants became the first restaurant to meet the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Meal Certification Program nutritional criteria. This year, for the fourth straight year, the SUBWAY® brand was ranked “number one” by consumers in the Zagat® Fast Food Survey in the “Healthy Options,” “Most Popular” and “Top Service” categories for food brands with 5,000 or more locations. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit SUBWAY.com. Find SUBWAY® at www.facebook.com/subway and www.twitter.com/SUBWAY. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. © 2013 Doctor’s Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. 

About National Environmental Education Foundation
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) coordinates National Public Lands Day along with many local, state and federal land management agencies. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is the national corporate sponsor for the 15th year. NEEF anticipates more than $18 million in volunteer services will be completed as a result of this effort at more than 2,000 public land locations throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. Learn more at neefusa.org. Follow NEEF on www.facebook.com/NEEFusa and www.twitter.com/neefusa.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. 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.

Campfire ban lifted for state parks in Western Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State Parks announces it is lifting a ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington, as the result of rain and forecasts of milder weather. 

Effective immediately, campers in state park campgrounds west of the Cascade crest may resume having campfires in provided campfire rings and also may use charcoal briquettes in grills and braziers. 

State Parks is following the lead of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who announced today he is lifting the ban on recreational fires in approved fire pits on forest lands under DNR fire protection, within state, county and municipal or other campgrounds in Western Washington. 

A ban on campfires and use of briquettes remains in place for all state parks in Eastern Washington. 

Visitors to state parks in Eastern Washington are allowed to use the following devices for cooking and warmth: 

• Propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use
• Propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes
• Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base
• Lava rocks or lava logs may be used in propane grills and barbecues
• Solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container 

Celebrate State Parks Centennial with ShellFest event and more at Fort Flagler

Lunch for the event will be provided by Shina Wysocki of Chelsea Farms LLC of Olympia, in partnership with Taylor Shellfish Farms, Shelton. Lunch is free, however, a suggested donation of $5 a person or $15 a family will go to benefit the Washington State Parks Foundation and Friends of Fort Flagler. The Washington State Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization formed specifically to support Washington State Parks by funding park improvements and programs. For more information, visit http://wspf.org or http://flaglerflashes.blogspot.com/ for the Friends of Fort Flagler. 

Other sponsors for the event include the Washington State Department of Health, Washington BEACH Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pacific Shellfish Growers Association, Washington Sea Grant, Pumpout-Don’t Dump Program, Northwest National Wildlife Federation, Washington State University, Jefferson County-Beach Watchers, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and Friends of Fort Flagler State Park. 

Shellfish are a significant recreational, commercial, and tribal resource and help to define Washington’s cultural and culinary identity. Event sponsors all have a role in protecting and preserving shellfish through Puget Sound cleanup efforts. 

Evening concert follows ShellFest event

An evening concert featuring Chantilly Lace is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Battery Bankhead at Fort Flagler. The band performs oldies rock and roll, rockabilly, country rock, blues and classic rock, with songs spanning 50 years. They also perform original music with a 50s and 60s flavor. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, free for children under 13. For information about the concert, contact Fort Flagler State Park at 360-385-1259. 

Fort Flagler State Park is a 784-acre marine camping park surrounded on three sides by 19,100 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Many historic buildings remain at the site of the military fort, established at the turn of the 20th century.