Outdoors

State Parks considers policy to allow motorized ag equipment to use long-distance trails

The public can comment through Friday on a draft policy related to nonrecreational motorized vehicle use of State Parks long-distance trails.

Washington State Parks manages five long-distance recreation trails in the state. The agency has received multiple requests from landowners who want to drive their motorized vehicles on these former rail lines in order to facilitate agricultural activities on their adjacent lands.

In response, State Parks developed a draft policy intended to address when and how to permit this agriculture-related use.

The purpose of the workshops is to get feedback on the draft policy and to gather public input to be considered in development of a final policy.

The State Parks and Recreation Commission is expected to vote on the final proposal at its meeting Jan. 29 in Olympia.

State Parks’ long-distance trails are the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that runs between Cedar Falls and the Columbia River; Willapa Hills Trail from Chehalis to Raymond; Columbia Plateau Trail between Fish Lake near Cheney and Ice Harbor Dam near the Tri-Cities; Klickitat Trail from Lyle north and east 30 miles; and the Spokane Centennial Trail that runs through Riverside State Park at Spokane to the Idaho border.

CASH HEADS SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Cassius Cash, who once worked at Gifford Pinchot National Forest, is the new superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He will assume his new post in February.

Currently the superintendent of Boston National Historic Park, Cash began his federal career in 1991 with the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist at the Gifford Pinchot forest.

Cash has worked as superintendent at the Boston parks since 2010.

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