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Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks & Outdoor Recreation
Governor Jay Inslee has created a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation to develop an action plan for increasing outdoor recreation activities and promoting recreation-related jobs and business.
The task force has posted several new questions and a poll to its online town hall and would like your thoughts. We invite you to contribute your thoughts, ideas, and creativity regarding ways to transform outdoor recreation in Washington State.
1. Should the state leave outdoor recreation marketing and tourism to the private sector, or play a specific role?
Kaleen Cottingham, Director/Recreation and Conservation Office
State Launches New Boating App
The app, for Apple and Android devices, is free. It maps all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site.
"This app brings together information from three state agencies," said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office. "It has information on boat launches, moorage slips and pumpout locations, in both eastern and western Washington, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Recreation and Conservation Office."
The map-based app was created by SmartMine, the technology development team at GeoEngineers, using a grant RCO received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It provides aerial, street map and nautical chart views for boaters throughout the state.
"This app will be really helpful to a lot of boaters," said George Harris, president of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, the nation's largest regional marine association. "In the past, you'd have to carry a couple of cruising manuals or visit several Web sites to plan an outing. Now, you can see the information you need on your smart phone or tablet while you're on the water."
Contact: Susan Zemek
Boaters Urged to Follow Orca Protection Rules
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife urges boaters in Puget Sound this summer to be aware of orca whales — both a symbolic creature of the Salish Sea and federally protected species.
State and federal law requires boaters to stay at least 200 yards away from southern resident orcas, avoid the path of oncoming whales, and stop immediately to allow approaching whales to pass.
The rules apply to a variety of small watercraft, from commercial fishing boats to personal kayaks.
The state partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for enforcement. Violators can be issued fines up to $1,025 under state law and $10,000 under federal law.
Boaters are responsible for knowing the rules.