Ginkgo Petrified Forest State park and Wanapum Recreation ARea

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
Wanapum Recreation Area

State Parks started the Ginkgo Classification and Management Planning process in January. Stage 1  - Issues Identification – included outreach to interested parties and a public meeting on February 13, 2020. Materials and comments are posted below. Staff is currently developing alternative approaches for the issues identified in Stage 1 and hopes to seek public input this fall. 

A public meeting and other outreach to interested parties was held in Stage 1 – Issues Identification. Stage 2 is currently underway, which includes the development of alternative approaches to address the issues identified in Stage 1. Staff is currently developing alternative approaches for the issues identified in Stage 1 and hopes to seek public input this fall.

Public Meeting Announcement

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a virtual public meeting about Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park and Wanapum Recreation Area on Tuesday, December 8. The public is invited to attend. The online meeting will focus on alternative approaches for addressing issues at the park and will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Where: Join the meeting at the following link. You do not need to download Microsoft Teams to join. You will need a web browser and speakers to watch and listen to the presentation.

https://bit.ly/Ginkgo12-8mtg

The public can provide written questions, comments and suggestions during the meeting, and until December 31, 2020.

For additional information, or if you need special accommodations for the meeting contact Melinda Posner at planning@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8671.

Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/Voice communication.

Stage 2 Documents

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CONTACT US

Melinda Posner, Parks Planner
Project Lead
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504

Phone: (360) 902-8671

Email:

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park and Wanapum Recreation Area are located near Vantage, Washington, about 30 miles east of Ellensburg, with direct access from Interstate 90. Boating, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and sightseeing are popular recreation activities. The area also includes the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Heritage Area, which includes an interpretive center on a bluff above the Columbia River and the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Natural Area, which includes a historic stone house with interpretive information and walking trail with viewing points of petrified logs.

For more information about these areas, please visit https://parks.state.wa.us/288/Ginkgo-Petrified-Forest

STAGE ONE - IDENTIFY ISSUES AND CONCERNS

The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.

Stage One Documents

STAGE TWO – EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES

At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.

Stage Two Documents

STAGE THREE – PREPARING PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS

The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.

Stage Three Documents

STAGE FOUR – PREPARING FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS

At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.

Stage Four Documents

Miscellaneous Documents