RV show ticket sales turn into State Parks donation

Staff reportJuly 6, 2014 

The Washington State Employees Credit Union and the Manufactured Home Recreational Vehicle Show Association have donated almost $15,000 to Washington State Parks.

The credit union and associated donated $14,608 late last month.

For the past two years, WSECU has been the presenting sponsor for the biggest recreational vehicle trade shows in Western Washington. The events are produced and managed by the association.

For each regularly priced ticket sold at the box office at this year’s Seattle and Puyallup RV shows, both groups contributed $1.

KOPACHUCK PLAN

Washington State Parks on June 27 issued a “determination of nonsignificance” for the proposed Kopachuck State Park master plan. The decision was made after review of information on file with State Parks. The determination is available at parks.wa.gov/865/SEPA -Review---Current.

State Parks will not act on the proposal until the comment period has ended. Comments must be submitted by Friday. Written comments should be sent to: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Attention: Randy Kline, Environmental Program Manager, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650.

State Parks has developed a master plan for developing the park into a day-use only park. The campground has been closed for three years after laminated root rot was found in trees within the park.

RAINIER WORK PARTY

The next Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer work party will be Saturday. This will be the annual exotic plant removal work party. Volunteers will be work at the new Carbon River Ranger Station, a few miles west of the Carbon River entrance of the park on the Carbon River Road. The ranger station is in the house that was once part of the Carbon River Ranch. The property extends all the way down to the Carbon River.

To participate in the Exotic Plant Removal work party, there is no need to know about native plants. National Park Service staffers will teach volunteers which plants to remove, and they will be able to identify the native plants in the area.

Participants should bring work gloves, a small digging tool such as a hand trowel or your favorite weed removing tool, lunch, plenty of fluids to drink and a full set of rain gear. A warm jacket would be good as well. If you have a reflective safety vest, bring that too.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the ranger station and should be ready to go to work by 9 a.m. The work should be done by 3 p.m.

If you plan to attend, send an email to the group’s volunteer coordinator at volunteer@mrnpa.org. Include information on how many people will be coming.

Quinault Lodge offers various lake activities

For visitors to the west side of the Olympic Peninsula, Lake Quinault Lodge is offering fishing, boat rentals and tours of the lake. Guests can travel on the glacier-carved lake in canoes, kayaks or row boats. The guided boat tour offers visitors a history of the area, as well as views of waterfalls, record-breaking trees and a variety of native wildlife.

The lake, which is within Quinault Indian Reservation, was closed last summer.

Boat rentals are available through October (weather permitting) at the boat hut on the beach or through the front desk staff at the lodge. Boat tours will run through mid-September at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can learn more about these and other summer activities at olympicnationalparks.com.

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