A number of federal and state land management agencies will celebrate Veterans Day by not charging an admission fee Nov. 11.
The U.S. Forest Service will allow free admission Saturday through Nov. 11.
Other federal agencies, including the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management, will offer free admission only on the holiday.
Washington State Parks will not require a Discover Pass for people visiting any of the state parks open during the winter.
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A Discover Pass will still be needed to access land managed by the state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.
STATE PARK DEVELOPMENT
The State Parks and Recreation Commission begun development of a management plan for Fudge Point on Harstine Island.
The point is on the east side of the island, 0.75 miles south of McMicken Island State Park. The parks agency acquired the first 60 acres, with nearly 1 mile of saltwater frontage, in 2013. In February, the department purchased another 76 acres of uplands that will be needed for parking, day use, possible campsites or cabins. The property includes 3,300 feet of natural shoreline, Buffington’s Lagoon and a flat, sandy beach. The site also has high-quality habitat, including undisturbed nearshore habitat for salmon.
State Parks staffers are in the process of developing a Classification and Management Plan for the property. The plan will classify park lands, and identifies resource management issues and general approaches for addressing them, according to a State Parks news release.
During the planning process, the public will have several opportunities to provide input and comments. More information about the process is available at parks.wa.gov/896/Fudge-Point-
PACK YOUR TIRE CHAINS
Visitors to places like Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are reminded they are required to carry tire chains.
The requirement took effect Saturday and will be in place through May 1. During that time frame, all vehicles are required to carry tire chains, regardless of vehicle type, in all weather and road conditions.
When driving in the parks during the winter, drivers should:
• Reduce their speed.
• Keep the headlights on for visibility.
• Allow extra distance between vehicles.
• Stay well back when following plows.
• Use low gears, especially when driving downhill.
• Never stop or park in a traffic lane.