The Stewardship Program is charged with conserving and protecting the unique, yet vulnerable, natural and cultural heritage preserved within Washington's diverse state park system, while providing sustainable recreational and educational opportunities for current and future generations.


The program is guided by an interdisciplinary team providing statewide technical support and leadership in the preservation of historic sites and structures and sustainable management of natural resources. The program integrates and promotes sustainability as a core value in the stewardship of Washington's 120,000-acre state park system.

Current activities

The Stewardship Program is currently involved in a variety of resource management activities that address forest health issues, preserving vulnerable historic structures, improving state park sustainability practices, and more.

Scientific research permit

The diverse resources within the Washington state parks system offer a variety of research opportunities. Conducting research in a Washington state park requires a research permit. To conduct research, survey, or collect any natural resource at a Washington state park, you must complete and submit the scientific research permit application. 

Before starting please read the application instructions. The form must be filled out in one session, and the instructions let you know the information you will need. 

A minimum of two weeks is required to process scientific research permits, and an application fee is necessary to cover agency processing costs.   
Scientific research permit application

Contact Information

Ph: 360-902-0939

Historic Preservation
Ph: 360-902-0930

Natural Resources
Ph: 360-902-8641
Salmon Recovery
Ph: 360-902-8634

Ph: 360-902-8541