From the desk of Jon Snyder
Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development
Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee
- Discover Pass changes considered in Olympia:
- New state studies on hiking and biking:
- Support for the WDFW budget:
WA outdoor business news:
Hunting and Fishing news:
The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to our first event of 2020, a Forum on Universal Design and Pedestrian Wayfinding! The Forum will take place on Thursday, February 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will feature an expert panel and a discussion on designing wayfinding systems and tools to meet the mobility needs of all. This forum is FREE. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, please visit the EventBrite registration page at https://bit.ly/2GyMSgR. Light refreshments will be provided. Hearing loop, real-time captioning, and assisted listening devices will be provided. For other disability accommodations or accessibility information, contact me at 206-684-0654 or as soon as possible.
What are the most important actions King County can take with partners over the next 30 years? Should we focus on improving the health of existing forests or preserving additional forestland? Should we plant trees in areas where there is lower tree cover or should we plant more trees near rivers and streams? We invite you to take this brief survey to share your ideas for how we ensure that future generations continue to benefit from healthy, vibrant forests: https://publicinput.com/6101/
For more information on the 30-Year Forest Plan: www.kingcounty.gov/forestplan
King County Parks wants feedback on night riding and e-bike access on their trails: Take this survey by February 14 to share your preferences on extending trail and park hours to allow trail use after dark and E-bike access to King County’s Regional Trails.
The Upper Yakima Basin Project is seeking input via their mapping survey. There is still time to map your knowledge of the recreation resources in the Teanaway Community Forest and Upper Yakima Basin!
WSDOT 2020 City Safety Grants Require Local Road Safety Plans
Cities must have a local road safety plan grounded in systematic safety principles to be eligible to apply to WSDOT for approximately $25 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds. The deadline for application is April 16, 2020.
A local road safety plan is a data-driven analysis and prioritization of an agency’s roadways for traffic safety that addresses fatal and serious injury crashes and systemic safety needs. WSDOT has crash data available, including an analysis of pedestrian and bicyclist serious injuries and fatalities, and we provide technical assistance to support development of a plan.
Contact: Ed Spilker, City Safety and Traffic Programs Manager,
Outdoor recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee
Office: 360-902-0488 Mobile: 360-584-3804
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.