FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2009
Sustainable Recreation Work Group to present preliminary recommendations
Series of public meetings planned for recreation on state lands
OLYMPIA – The Sustainable Recreation Work Group (SRWG) will be rolling out preliminary recommendations for sustaining recreation on lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at a series of public meetings. The meetings are slated to take place throughout the state from September 29 – October 7.
Initial recommendations will be presented that address funding recreation on state lands, improving access, increasing safety and education, and ensuring environmental health of the lands. The public will have the opportunity to provide their comments directly or write them on comment cards. The work group will also welcome new ideas and suggestions for sustainable recreation from the public.
The work group will meet again in late October to review and consider comments from the public as they prepare final recommendations, which will be submitted to the Washington State Legislature in early December.
Meeting dates and locations:
(All meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.)
- September 29 — Issaquah City Hall, Eagle Room, Issaquah
- September 30 — Central Washington University, Student Union and Recreation Center, Room 137B, Ellensburg
- October 1 — Deer Park Library, Deer Park
- October 5 — DNR Pacific Cascade Region Office, Castle Rock
- October 6 — Port Angeles Library, Port Angeles
- October 7 — Burlington Public Library, Burlington
The recommendations will also be available on the Sustainable Recreation Work Group’s web page by September 28. The public can submit comments via an online survey at that time. To view the recommendations and fill out the survey, go to www.dnr.wa.gov and follow the link to the Sustainable Recreation Work Group. The deadline for providing comments is 5 p.m., October 12.
The Sustainable Recreation Work Group
The Sustainable Recreation Work Group is the result of legislation passed in 2008 to establish policy recommendations and a collaborative vision to ensure that outdoor recreation on DNR-managed lands is safe, enjoyable, accessible, environmentally responsible, and sustainably funded now and into the future.
Work group members represent a variety of recreation interests, both motorized and non-motorized. Membership also includes several state legislators, a county official, and staff from other state agencies with recreation interests.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program communications and outreach manager, 360-902-1523, and firstname.lastname@example.org .
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