State Parks commission considers naming policy

Staff reportMarch 23, 2014 

The State Parks Commission will consider Thursday a naming policy for state parks and other properties managed by the agency.

The purpose of the proposal is to create greater clarity in describing the sites to the public and to be more consistent with commonly used park categories developed by the National Association of State Park Directors. The categories would include state park, historical state park, marine state park, state park trail, state park heritage site, state park conservation area and state park property.

If approved, the new naming categories would result in a list of 124 state parks, of which 11 would be historical state parks, 19 would be marine state parks and five would be state park trails. In addition, the proposal lists 16 state park heritage sites, two conservation areas and 74 properties.

Also on the agenda, the commission will consider whether to seek a lease renewal at Bridgeport State Park in Douglas County. The commission currently leases 283 acres of federal land adjacent to 340 acres of state-owned land. The lease on the federally owned property expires in September 2015. The agency needs to apply by April 30 if lease renewal is desired.

The commission also is scheduled to hear several reports and updates, but not take any action on them. These include a report on a Skokomish Tribal Nation proposal to transfer Potlatch State Park to the tribe, a 2014 legislative report and an agency financial update.

During a work session planned for Wednesday, the commission will discuss several issues but take no action.

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