FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2010
Budget issues compel state DNR to close Island Camp Campground in Yakima County
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today closed Island Camp Campground near the town of Glenwood in Yakima County due to budget shortages in the agency’s recreation program.
“We exhausted all possibilities trying to keep Island Camp open, but we simply ran out of resources,” said Mike Williams, recreation manager for DNR’s Southeast Region.
On Tuesday, DNR staff removed all fire pits and picnic tables and locked the restrooms. DNR will be blocking the roads that access the campground.
Island Camp Campground is popular with local outdoor recreation enthusiasts who like to hunt and ride snowmobiles in the area. While overnight camping will not be allowed, people can still access the area by foot or by snowmobile (depending on snow levels). The snow shelter will remain open for use by snowmobilers.
During the 2008 Legislative Session, DNR’s 2009-2011 budget for recreation was cut nearly in half. Since that time, DNR has reduced services at or closed 40 recreation facilities across the state and laid off staff to stay within its budget. DNR bases the closures and service reductions on several criteria, including level of use, cost of maintenance, and access to trails.
For more information about the Island Camp Campground closure, contact Mike Williams, 509-925-0973 or email@example.com .
Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, conservation and urban lands. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.9 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. By law, state trust lands are managed to produce income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s General Fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat and educational and recreational opportunities.
DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.
DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive experience in a natural setting.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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