Sustainable Recreation work group
The Sustainable Recreation Work Group is the result of legislation 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. The legislature directed the work group to examine relevant existing laws and rules and recommend policy changes and funding alternatives for consideration by the 2010 legislative session.
On December 22, 2009, the Sustainable Recreation Work Group submitted to the 2010 legislature its final report offering recommendations for sustainable funding and improved access for recreation on lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Members of the work group represented diverse recreation interests and came from all parts of the state. In addition, membership included three legislators and local government officials.
Throughout the process of developing the recommendations, DNR staff and work group members gathered input from the recreating public to get their thoughts on how to improve recreation and access on DNR-managed lands.
DNR moved several of these recommendations forward as request legislation in 2010. The bill requested authorization for DNR to charge recreation access fees in certain situations, explore a multi-agency access pass, create a concessionaire pilot program, and revise DNR’s recreational immunity. Given the economic picture during this time, the bill did not pass during the 2010 legislative session.
Establishing the Sustainable Recreation Work Group