Recreation rules updateD — effective March 14, 2009
The Board of Natural Resources formally adopted revisions to rules guiding recreation and behavior on DNR-managed lands February 3, 2009. The rules went into effect March 14, 2009.Why update the rules?
DNR last updated the recreation rules in 1970. The new language and revised rules reflect new trends in recreation in the state and address the increasing number of visitors to DNR-managed lands.
The focus of the revised rules (WAC 332-52) is to provide information in a clear and understandable way. The new question-and-answer format was designed to make the rules more user friendly.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10 public hearings during this process and provided comments about the proposed rule revisions. We made changes to the language based on comments and public testimony.
Key subject areas addressed in the revised rules
We have updated many of the rules to meet today’s standards for public safety and natural resource protection. Updates include:
- Campground and campsite use
We also added new language regarding:
- Managing recreation and public use
- Pets, service animals and livestock
- Target shooting
- Water recreation facilities
Do the recreation rules apply to all DNR-managed lands?
Yes, the revised rules affect recreation on all state lands, including:
- DNR-managed trust uplands and roads.
- Natural Resources Conservation Areas and Natural Area Preserves.
- Aquatic lands.
- Other public lands lease from or under DNR’s management.
Who helped draft the revised rules?
- DNR recreation and land management field staff.
- A special advisory committee with members representing a range of recreation interests and staff from recreation and natural resource agencies such as Washington State Parks, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Recreation and Conservation Office.
- The recreating public and citizens at large.
What else is happening with recreation?
In addition to revising recreation rules, DNR initiated HB2472, a bill unanimously passed by the Washington State Legislature, creating the Sustainable Recreation Work Group to make recommendations on a vision for the future of recreation on DNR-managed lands. These rule revisions will complement the working group’s efforts and policy considerations.