WDFW Eases Fire Restrictions On Lands East Of Cascades

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is easing fire restrictions on all agency-managed lands in eastern Washington, where recent rains have reduced the risk of wildfires.

Restrictions on the following activities – enacted Aug. 8 in response to extreme fire danger – are no longer in effect:

  • Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle.
  • Target shooting outside designated shooting ranges, except on the Wenas Wildlife Area, where a temporary rule prohibits the activity through Sept. 30.
  • Use of welding equipment, chainsaws, and other equipment powered by combustion engines.
  • perating a motor vehicle off developed roads.

Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved this week by the state Department of Natural Resources, which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.

Sprague emphasized that while some restrictions have been lifted, the ban on campfires remains in effect east of the Cascade Mountains, where hot weather is predicted across the region.

“These changes reflect an easing of fire danger in eastern Washington, but we still urge campers and others heading outdoors to be extremely cautious in any activity that could spark a wildfire,” Sprague said.

WDFW eased all fire restrictions on its lands in western Washington on Aug. 15, when wetter, cooler weather reduced fire danger.

 

Any further updates will be posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/. For more information on fires currently burning in Washington, visit websites for the state Incident Information System (http://www.inciweb.org/state/49/), the state Department of Natural Resources (<http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx) and the U.S. Forest Service (http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/okawen/home).

 

September 11, 2013/WDFW Press Release

Culvert Replacement In Tahuya State Forest

Will affect recreation access week of September 16 - Elfendahl Pass staging area will be inaccessible during construction

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will replace a culvert on Elfendahl Pass Road, blocking access to Elfendahl Pass staging area and trailhead the week of September 16. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, September 20.

Who:      DNR Engineering, Northwest Region

What:     Culvert replacement

When:    Beginning the week of Monday, September 16, through Friday, September 20

Where:   Elfendahl Pass Road; blocking access to Elfendahl Pass staging area and trailhead

Why:      The existing culvert blocks fish passage. Old culverts and other barriers in fish-bearing streams, such as dams and spillways, can block fish such as salmon from reaching their spawning grounds and other important habitats. A major key to restoring fish populations is removing these barriers or replacing barriers with structures that allow for fish passage. Since 2002, DNR has been removing barriers, addressing the worst ones first.

Alternate trail access:
The Elfendahl Pass staging area and trailhead is a major access point to Tahuya State Forest’s motorized and non-motorized use trail system. This area and the adjacent parking lot will be inaccessible during road construction. Users are encouraged to access trails by Mission Creek Trailhead off of Belfair Tahuya Road.

View a map of the affected area here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/eng_tahuya_both.pdf

September 11, 2013/DNR Press Release

Scam Warning: False KC Sheriff’s Call

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a reported scam. The Kitsap County Clerk’s Office recently received reports of a person claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office and telling residents they missed jury service, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. The residents are told they need to pay or go to jail for failing to appear for jury duty. One resident gave the caller $2,000 through this scam, according to the news release.

The Sheriff’s Office provided the following tips to residents:
 All communication about jury duty will be sent to county residents in writing.

State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch: No Family Left Inside

OLYMPIA – Aug. 28, 2013 – In honor of the Washington State Parks Centennial and National Public Lands Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and SUBWAY® restaurants have partnered to launch No Family Left Inside. Running the entire month of September, this program will reward park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in all 406 SUBWAY® restaurants located in 17 counties throughout Western Washington.

Anyone who visits participating SUBWAY® restaurants and shows their Discover Pass during the month of September will receive a free six-inch sandwich with the purchase of a six-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30 oz. drink. SUBWAY® restaurants also will distribute the Washington State Parks brochure – Adventure Awaits – at all locations throughout the region.

“Encouraging families to lead healthier, active lifestyles is very important to us,” said Paul Armour, SUBWAY® Advertising Board Chairman. “Getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors together is a great way to do that, and that’s why we decided to launch the No Family Left Inside program.”

SUBWAY® restaurants in the following counties are participating in the No Family Left Inside program: King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom.

On Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the Discover Pass requirement is waived at Washington state parks. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers will plant trees, remove trash and build trails at public lands in Washington and across the nation.

SUBWAY® restaurants will help celebrate this special day by giving away $5,000 in cash cards to the first 100 people to visit designated state parks on Sept. 28. These parks include Larrabee near the city of Bellingham, Deception Pass on Whidbey Island, Lincoln Rock in Douglas County, Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, Millersylvania near Olympia, Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor County, Belfair in Mason County, Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County, Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Saltwater in King County.

“We are grateful and excited to be working with SUBWAY® restaurants to promote the Washington State Discover Pass and the healthy recreation people can enjoy on our public lands,” said Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “This partnership also highlights the purpose of public lands day in raising awareness about the beautiful natural places available to all.”

September/Press release Washington State Parks And Recreation Commission