Hunter-Angler Rep's Needed

State Parks Commission looks for hunter-angler representative to serve on Boating Safety Advisory Council.OLYMPIA – Oct. 30, 2013 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Recreational Boating Safety Program invites hunters or anglers who use a boat in their sport to apply for an open position on the program’s Boating Safety Advisory Council.

The Boating Safety Advisory Council is a 15-member committee that provides recommendations to the program on ways to enhance boating safety statewide for all types of recreational boating. The term of service for the position is three years.

The Council meets four times a year at the Washington State Parks Headquarters Office in Tumwater. Meetings typically occur twice in the spring and twice in the fall and generally run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Council may be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with State Parks policy.

Council members are selected from applications and appointed by the Commission or a designee. The committee is comprised of members from boating clubs with statewide membership, citizens at large and public agencies. Membership includes the Northwest Marine Trade Association, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Recreational Boating Association of Washington, Northwest Boating Council, Association of Washington Cities, Washington Association of County Officials, U.S. Power Squadrons, Pacific International Yachting Association, Washington Water Trails Association. Also represented on the committee are other segments of boating, including safety education, unaffiliated boaters, manual-powered watercraft owners, personal watercraft owners, anglers and hunters and whitewater boaters.

Any interested parties are invited to request an application by calling Doni Thomas, Boating Program administrative assistant, at (360) 902-8832, or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In addition to the application, candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a resume and three references. Application materials are due by Nov. 19. They may be submitted by e-mail or by regular mail, to:
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Boating Programs
PO Box 42654
Olympia, WA 98504-2654

November 1, 2013/Washington State Parks Public Notice

RecruitMilitary - Veteran Job Fair

WHAT:      Special hiring event for veterans and military spouses
WHEN:     Thursday, November 14, 2013
                  11AM – 3PM
WHERE:   Safeco Field
                  1250 1st Avenue South
                  Seattle, WA 98134
WHY:        Answering the nation's Veteran Hiring Challenge
HOW:       Connecting hundreds of veterans with veteran-friendly employers
This is an excellent opportunity to meet local heroes and report on veteran hiring in your community.

Public Comment Invited: Proposed Regional Transportation Plan

OLYMPIA – Between now and the end of the year, the public has the opportunity to weigh in on the future of transportation on the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization (PRTPO) invites the public to comment on its draft Regional Transportation Plan by Dec. 31, 2013. The document is also available in the reference section at local libraries across the area.

The Regional Transportation Plan is designed to promote and guide efficient and sustainable transportation systems on the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. It was developed as a shared vision of how strategic transportation planning can create a better future.

The goals and policies outlined in the plan create a framework from which detailed transportation decisions can be made at all levels of government. The plan highlights 20 policies that guide four aspects of transportation planning and implementation: transportation relationships, system management, system components and process.

The PRTPO develops the plan for Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Kitsap counties. A voluntary association of cities, towns, counties, ports, tribes, transit agencies and major employers, the group works together to develop plans for meeting the future transportation needs of the region.

November 1, 2013

Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement for OESF Forest Land Plan

Public comment accepted through December 16.  Two public meetings scheduled. OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the release of the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Revised Draft EIS) for the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) Forest Land Plan. The Revised Draft EIS replaces the Draft EIS for the OESF that was published in 2010. DNR made many improvements based on further analysis and a careful review of the comments received.

The Revised Draft EIS may be viewed HERE.

Two public meetings are scheduled to answer questions and provide information about the Revised Draft EIS.

Public Meetings
Where:        Forks
When:        November 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Address:    DNR Region Office Conference Room
                   411 Tillicum Lane
       Forks, WA 98331

Where:        Olympia
When:        November 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Address:    Natural Resources Building, Room 172
      1111 Washington Street SE
                   Olympia, WA 98501

SEPA Comment Period Ends December 16
The public is invited to provide comments on the Revised Draft EIS through DNR’s SEPA Center This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:00 p.m. on December 16.

More information is on the factsheet located in the first section of the Draft EIS. The public may share their thoughts by sending their comments to:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources SEPA Center
1111 Washington St. SE
MS: 47015
Olympia, WA 98504-7015
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 360-902-1739
Fax: 360-902-1789

The Revised Draft EIS for the OESF examines the potential significant impacts to the environment from two management alternatives being considered for the 250,000 acres of state trust lands on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula in Clallam and Jefferson counties. DNR’s proposed forest land plan for the OESF will provide foresters and managers with information they need to prepare site-specific management proposals to meet DNR’s objectives for the OESF. This draft plan will assist DNR in sustainably managing these working trust forests to earn revenue for the state’s public schools and other trust beneficiaries, while providing diverse habitat for native fish and wildlife.