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Recreation in Washington: Three Ways to Have a Say

Posted by Kindra at Nov 13, 2012 09:55 AM |

Raise your voice in three ways to have a say in the future of Washington's recreation planning. Weigh in on how visitors value the Olympic Peninsula, on the future of Mount St. Helens and on broader issues of recreation in Washington state, like the commercialization of parks.

Washington Trails Association is always working to make the voice of hikers heard. Whether we are talking to Senators in Washington D.C. about the Forest Service's budget, to state legislators about the importance of keeping our public lands open or to local forest rangers about which trails hikers want to see better maintained—we are working for you.

We also try to connect you with direct ways to speak up. Here are three upcoming ways to make your voice heard right now:

November 14 - Mapping how visitors value the Olympic Peninsula

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Mountaineers Program Center, Goodman B
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Bring your personal stories and thoughts about the places you love on the Olympic Peninsula. Using a process known as Human Ecology Mapping, the Mountaineers will be gathering information to help the Forest Service identify areas of high value and intense use for future land management and planning activities on the Olympic Peninsula.

>>Learn how to participate.

November 19 Mount St. Helens Community Meeting

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters
10600 NE 51 Circle Vancouver, WA 98682

The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, is holding a public meeting to outline the progress that the Forest and its partners have made implementing the Monument’s Strategic Investment Plan. Leaders from surrounding counties, the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, and other partners will share their progress. After the presentations, participants will break into small groups to provide input into a variety of stakeholder issues and opportunities at the Monument.

>>Read the Strategic Investment Plan here.

November to January - Online public meetings ask you questions about the future of outdoor recreation in Washington

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is hosting online meetings as part of its revision to the state’s strategic plan for outdoor recreation. The forum will ask the public a series of questions, and you can participate at any time of day.

Right now RCO wants to know: what do you think about the commercialization of parks. What do you think about allowing advertising or corporate naming rights in our public parks?

>>New questions will be added regularly, so make sure you bookmark this page.

>> Interested in discovering more ways to get involved? Make sure you sign up for WTA’s Trail Action Network so all the last advocacy information is sent directly to your email box.

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