Navy training proposal


UPDATE: Nov. 3, 2020

State Parks staff will provide a report to the commission on the Navy’s training proposal at the Nov. 19 commission meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and runs until about 4:30 p.m. The staff Navy report is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

During the Navy item, Parks staff will present their report, followed by Navy personnel who will present their proposal. The Commission may ask both staff and Navy personnel questions after the presentations. 

The public can attend the meeting virtually on:

  • TVW
  • WebEx (event password: WAP@rks2020) 
  • By phone – 1-415-655-0001 or 1-206-207-1700. Meeting Access Code: 133 829 5499

** Gov. Inslee has extended statutory waivers and suspensions, as they relate to the Open Public Meetings Act, through Dec. 7. As a result, we will not have an in-person option for this meeting as originally planned. **

The commission will not take oral public comment during the meeting on the Navy item.  

Request Letter to Navy

Agency Director's Nov. 30, 2020 to Navy requesting more information

Public COmment

At this time, we are only accepting written comments on the Navy proposal. We encourage anyone interested in providing comments to submit them through our Parks Navy page using this form.. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 to be reviewed by the commission prior to the meeting. Any comments received after the cutoff will be given to the commission before its next meeting.  

The Commission will vote on the Navy requested action at its January Commission meeting. We intend to take verbal comment from the public as well as written comment at that meeting.  

Commissioners read and review all written comments.  

Meeting Minutes

Video transcript

The following is a video transcript of the Nov. 19, 2020 Remote Regular Commission Meeting held via Microsoft Teams


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Is the Navy currently using State Parks for Special Operations training?
No. The Navy’s Right of Entry permit expired in May 2020

Does State Parks have the authority to permit Navy use of State Parks?
Yes. State law allows the Commission to govern state parks for both public recreation and public benefits if there is no direct conflict with laws. (RCW 79A.05.030(1)) 

Commission authority to cooperate with federal government agencies and issue permits to use state parks:
• RCW 79A.05.070 

Commission administrative rules on the issuance of permits:
• WAC 352-32-300 

Commission policy and delegation to staff to issue permits, including rights of entry:
•    25-07-1 Delegations of Authority for Real Estate Transactions & Service (authority delegated to Director from Commission).

•    Delegation of Authority Memorandum dated Sept. 16, 2013, revised Nov. 6, 2013. (Authority delegated from Director to Assistant Director)

Have there been any Navy personnel/trainee conflicts in the parks resulting from these trainings?
No. We are not aware of any conflicts between the Navy and the public during training’s in Washington state parks. The Navy has protocols in place to stop exercises if a member of the public enters the training area. 

Will State Parks be compensated by the Navy for training activities?
The Navy is responsible for paying the required application processing fee outlined in State Parks’ Real Property Agreement fee schedule. (WAC 352-32-300)

How does the Commission make decisions on these types of requests?
Commission decisions consider several factors including agency policy, staff recommendations, environmental review and public input. All decisions are made in an open public meeting. 

Does the Navy’s request include simulated munitions in state parks?
No. The Navy has not included the simulated building clearance training (which uses simulated munitions) in their application.

Does the Navy’s request include use of Unmanned Aircraft (drones) in the state parks?
No. The Navy has not included the use of unmanned aircraft systems in their application. 

Will State Parks conduct environmental review?
Yes. State Parks must consider the environmental implications of its decisions consistent with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Some decisions may be exempted from the statutory requirements of a threshold determination if they meet the criteria of either a statutory (RCW 43.21C) or categorial exemption (WAC 197-11-800). Agencies are not required to document categorical exemptions. An agency can adopt National Environmental Policy Act environmental documents for consideration under SEPA (WAC 197-11-610). However, State Parks has requested the Navy prepare a SEPA checklist as part of its request that Parks intends to issue a threshold determination. 

Can the public participate in this process?
Yes. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission welcomes and encourages public involvement. Comments can be provided electronically through the link on this web page, mailed into the address provided on this web page, or in person at any of the regularly scheduled commission meetings.

All comments will be provided to the Commission for consideration.