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Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks & Outdoor Recreation
Has Posted New Questions & a Poll ...Let's Hear Your Thoughts

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?

2. How can we help activate Washington's innovative outdoor gear and clothing companies?

3. New Question:  What groups and individuals participate less frequently in outdoor recreation in Washington? Why?

4. New Poll:  How much more would you be willing to pay annually for parks and outdoor recreation?

If you've got some ideas, we'd love to hear them. To participate, just click on the question and type away.

Thank you.

Kaleen Cottingham, Director/Recreation and Conservation Office

State Launches New Boating App

Boaters who want to find out where to launch their boats or tie up for a weekend on the water can do so now through Washington Water Cruiser, a new app launched by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).

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.

Get the app for Apple devices here...            Get the app for Android devices here...

"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
TTY 360-902-1996

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.