October 8, 2010
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark to designate newest Aquatic Reserve in Puget Sound
Commissioner to adopt final plan of Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve off Whidbey Island
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites members of the media and public to Fort Ebey State Park on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 10 a.m. for the official designation of the Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve and adoption of its management plan.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will speak at the event highlighting the success of local partner organizations that worked with DNR on the reserve proposal and the importance of protecting Puget Sound.
What: Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve Designation
When: Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fort Ebey State Park, 400 Hill Valley Drive, Coupeville, WA 98239
Take Exit #189 off of I-5, just south of Everett. Follow signs for the Mukilteo/ Clinton ferry. Take the ferry to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Follow Hwy. 525 north, which becomes Hwy. 20. Two miles north of Coupeville, turn left on Libbey Rd. and follow it 1.5 miles to Hill Valley Dr. Turn left and enter park.
From Mount Vernon:
Take Burlington Exit #230 and follow signs toward Whidbey Island on Hwy. 20. Once on Whidbey Island, follow Hwy. 20 south, eight miles past Oak Harbor. Turn right on Libbey Rd. and follow it 1.5 miles to Hill Valley Dr. Turn left and enter park.
The event will take place at the picnic shelter (icon on the map key) at the very northwest end of the park near Lake Pondilla - located along the bluff in the upper parking lot. Fort Ebey State Park Map
The Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve was proposed for designation in 2008 by the People for Puget Sound. Thanks to the collaborative effort of multiple environmental, state, local organizations and private citizens, a comprehensive and diverse management plan has been developed for this unique aquatic environment.
Media Contact: Abbey Corzine, Communications Specialist, 360-902-1401, firstname.lastname@example.org
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