WSR 02-14-014

EMERGENCY RULES

PARKS AND RECREATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed June 20, 2002, 3:51 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: June 13, 2002.

Purpose: The commission has adopted a vehicle parking permit program, which includes; daily, multiple day and annual permits, required for vehicle parking. The commission has delegated to the director or designee, the authority to designate those state parks where parking permits are required, to publish a fee schedule identifying those parks where the parking permits are required and to prescribe the specific details and manner in which the fees, including vehicle parking permits fees are applied.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 352-32-010 and 352-32-250.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.065, 79A.05.070, and 79.05.075.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has determined that, because of state government budget reduction, the funding available to operate certain state parks, where the park lands are owned by other entities, is not adequate to support these state parks. The commission has further determined that the financial assistance available to the commission from the agencies owing the public lands and from other governmental sources is not adequate to support the operating costs of certain state parks. The commission intends to adopt a vehicle parking permit system and to impose vehicle parking permit fees in order to generate adequate revenue to cover the operating costs of these state parks.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

June 20, 2002

Jim French

Senior Policy Advisor

OTS-5744.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-13-070, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00)

WAC 352-32-010   Definitions.   Whenever used in this chapter the following terms shall be defined as herein indicated:

"Aquatic facility" shall mean any structure or area within a state park designated by the director or designee for aquatic activities, including, but not limited to, swimming pools, wading pools, swimming beaches, floats, docks, ramps, piers or underwater parks.

"Bivouac" shall mean to camp overnight on a vertical rock climbing route on a ledge or in a hammock sling.

"Camping" shall mean erecting a tent or shelter or arranging bedding, or both, or parking a recreation vehicle or other vehicle for the purpose of remaining overnight.

"Camping party" shall mean an individual or a group of people (two or more persons) that is organized, equipped and capable of sustaining its own camping activity. A "camping party" is a "camping unit" for purposes of RCW 79A.05.065.

"Commercial recreation use" is a recreational activity in a state park that is packaged and sold as a service by an organization or individual, other than state parks or a state park concessionaire.

"Commercial recreation provider" is any individual or organization that packages and sells a service that meets the definition of a commercial recreation use.

"Commission" shall mean the Washington state parks and recreation commission.

"Conference center" shall mean a state park facility designated as such by the director or designee that provides specialized services, day-use and overnight accommodations available by reservation for organized group activities.

"Day area parking space" shall mean any designated parking space within any state park area designated for daytime vehicle parking.

"Director" shall mean the director of the Washington state parks and recreation commission or the director's designee.

"Disrobe" shall mean to undress so as to appear nude.

"Emergency area" is an area in the park separate from the designated overnight camping area, which the park manager decides may be used for camping when no alternative camping facilities are available within reasonable driving distances.

"Environmental interpretation" shall mean the provision of services, materials, publications and/or facilities, including environmental learning centers (ELC), for other than basic access to parks and individual camping, picnicking, and boating in parks, that enhance public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural heritage through agency directed or self-learning activities.

"Environmental learning centers (ELC)" shall mean those specialized facilities, designated by the director, designed to promote outdoor recreation experiences and environmental education in a range of state park settings.

"Extra vehicle" shall mean each additional unhitched vehicle in excess of the one recreational vehicle that will be parked in a designated campsite or parking area for overnight.

"Group" shall mean 20 or more people engaged together in an activity.

"Group camping areas" are designated areas usually primitive with minimal utilities and site amenities and are for the use of organized groups. Facilities and extent of development vary from park to park.

"Hiker/biker campsite" shall mean a campsite that is to be used solely by visitors arriving at the park on foot or bicycle.

"Motorcycle" means every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a farm tractor and a moped.

"Multiple campsite" shall mean a designated and posted camping facility encompassing two or more individual standard, utility or primitive campsites.

"Overflow area" shall mean an area in a park separate from designated overnight and emergency camping areas, designated by the park manager, for camping to accommodate peak camping demands in the geographic region.

"Overnight accommodations" shall mean any facility or site designated for overnight occupancy within a state park area.

"Paraglider" shall mean an unpowered ultralight vehicle capable of flight, consisting of a fabric, rectangular or elliptical canopy or wing connected to the pilot by suspension lines and straps, made entirely of nonrigid materials except for the pilot's harness and fasteners. The term "paraglider" shall not include hang gliders or parachutes.

"Person" shall mean all natural persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, clubs, and all associations or combinations of persons whenever acting for themselves or by an agent, servant, or employee.

"Personal watercraft" means a vessel of less than sixteen feet that uses a motor powering a water jet pump, as its primary source of motive power and that is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, or being towed behind the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.

"Popular destination park" shall mean any state park designated by the director as a popular destination park because, it is typically occupied to capacity on Friday or Saturday night during the high use season.

"Primitive campsite" shall mean a campsite not provided with flush comfort station nearby and which may not have any of the amenities of a standard campsite.

"Public assembly" shall mean a meeting, rally, gathering, demonstration, vigil, picketing, speechmaking, march, parade, religious service, or other congregation of persons for the purpose of public expression of views of a political or religious nature for which there is a reasonable expectation that more than one hundred persons will attend based on information provided by the applicant. Public assemblies must be open to all members of the public, and are generally the subject of attendance solicitations circulated prior to the event, such as media advertising, flyers, brochures, word-of-mouth notification, or other form of prior encouragement to attend.

Alternatively, the agency director may declare an event to be a public assembly in the following cases: Where evidentiary circumstances and supporting material suggest that more than one hundred persons will attend, even where the applicant does not indicate such an expectation; or where there is reason to expect a need for special preparations by the agency or the applicant, due to the nature or location of the event.

"Ranger" shall mean a duly appointed Washington state parks ranger who is vested with police powers under RCW 79A.05.160, and shall include the park manager in charge of any state park area.

"Recreation vehicle" shall mean a vehicle/trailer unit, van, pickup truck with camper, motor home, converted bus, or any similar type vehicle which contains sleeping and/or housekeeping accommodations.

"Remote controlled aircraft" shall mean nonpeopled model aircraft that are flown by using internal combustion, electric motors, elastic tubing, or gravity/wind for propulsion. The flight is controlled by a person on the ground using a hand held radio control transmitter.

"Residence" shall mean the long-term habitation of facilities at a given state park for purposes whose primary character is not recreational. "Residence" is characterized by one or both of the following patterns:

Camping at a given park for more than thirty days within a forty-day time period April 1 through September 30; or forty days within a sixty-day time period October 1 through March 31. As provided in WAC 352-32-030(7), continuous occupancy of facilities by the same camping party shall be limited to ten consecutive nights April 1 through September 30. Provided that at the discretion of the park ranger the maximum stay may be extended to fourteen consecutive nights if the campground is not fully occupied. Campers may stay twenty consecutive nights October 1 through March 31 in one park, after which the camping unit must vacate the overnight park facilities for three consecutive nights. The time period shall begin on the date for which the first night's fee is paid.

The designation of the park facility as a permanent or temporary address on official documents or applications submitted to public or private agencies or institutions.

"Sno-park" shall mean any designated winter recreational parking area.

"Special groomed trail area" shall mean those sno-park areas designated by the director as requiring a special groomed trail permit.

"Special recreation event" shall mean a group recreation activity in a state park sponsored or organized by an individual or organization that requires reserving park areas, planning, facilities, staffing, or other services beyond the level normally provided at the state park to ensure public welfare and safety and facility and/or environmental protection.

"Standard campsite" shall mean a designated camping site which is served by nearby domestic water, sink waste, garbage disposal, and flush comfort station.

"State park area" shall mean any area under the ownership, management, or control of the commission, including trust lands which have been withdrawn from sale or lease by order of the commissioner of public lands and the management of which has been transferred to the commission, and specifically including all those areas defined in WAC 352-16-020. State park areas do not include the seashore conservation area as defined in RCW 79A.05.605 and as regulated under chapter 352-37 WAC.

"Trailer dump station" shall mean any state park sewage disposal facility designated for the disposal of sewage waste from any recreation vehicle, other than as may be provided in a utility campsite.

"Upland" shall mean all lands lying above mean high water.

"Utility campsite" shall mean a standard campsite with the addition of electricity and which may have domestic water and/or sewer.

"Vehicle parking permit" means the permit issued on a daily, multiple day or annual basis for parking a vehicle in any state park area designated for daytime vehicle parking.

"Walk-in campsite" shall mean a campsite that is accessed only by walking to the site and which may or may not have vehicle parking available near by.

"Watercraft launch site" shall mean any facility located in a state park area designated for the purpose of placing or retrieving any vehicle-borne or trailer-borne watercraft into or out of the water.

"Water trail advisory committee" shall mean the twelve-member committee constituted by RCW 79A.05.420.

"Water trail camping sites" shall mean those specially designated group camp areas identified with signs, that are near water ways, and that have varying facilities and extent of development.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, including RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 00-13-070, 352-32-010, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00. Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW and RCW 79A.05.070. 00-01-201, 352-32-010, filed 12/22/99, effective 1/22/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(2). 98-23-063, 352-32-010, filed 11/16/98, effective 1/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 98-04-065, 352-32-010, filed 2/2/98, effective 3/5/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060, 43.51.055, 43.51.050, 43.51.040 and 43.51.300. 97-21-133, 352-32-010, filed 10/21/97, effective 1/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060, 43.51.055, 43.51.050 and 43.51.040. 96-22-018, 352-32-010, filed 10/29/96, effective 1/1/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.180. 96-02-015, 352-32-010, filed 12/21/95, effective 1/21/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and [43.51.]060. 95-22-067, 352-32-010, filed 10/30/95, effective 1/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060 and 43.51.395. 95-07-061, 352-32-010, filed 3/13/95, effective 4/13/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 94-23-024, 352-32-010, filed 11/7/94, effective 1/1/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060. 94-08-036, 352-32-010, filed 3/31/94, effective 5/1/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 94-01-087, 352-32-010, filed 12/13/93, effective 1/13/94; 93-08-025, 352-32-010, filed 3/30/93, effective 5/1/93; 93-06-001, 352-32-010, filed 2/17/93, effective 3/20/93; 91-09-001, 352-32-010, filed 4/4/91, effective 5/15/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 89-07-020 (Order 89-01), 352-32-010, filed 3/7/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.10.040, 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 87-24-032 (Order 102), 352-32-010, filed 11/24/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 87-08-008 (Order 100), 352-32-010, filed 3/23/87, effective 5/15/87; 86-06-020 (Order 91), 352-32-010, filed 2/25/86; 81-09-034 (Order 50), 352-32-010, filed 4/14/81. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 80-14-009 (Order 48), 352-32-010, filed 9/22/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 80-05-007 (Order 45), 352-32-010, filed 4/4/80; Order 9, 352-32-010, filed 11/24/70.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-13-070, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00)

WAC 352-32-250   Standard fees charged.   Fees shall be charged in parks operated by the commission for use of lands, facilities, programs, services, and materials as published by state parks: Provided, however, That the commission may suspend any or all of these fees if revenues generated by the fees are not returned to the benefit of the parks: Provided further, That the director or designee has the authority to discount fees to a maximum of 50% below the published fee amounts in order to take advantage of marketing opportunities to encourage use and increase revenues. Any such discounts shall be effective for a limited period of time less than one year in duration. The director or designee may consider the following factors in temporarily establishing or discounting fees:

Prevailing rates for comparable facilities;

Day of the week;

Season of the year;

Amenities of the park area and site;

Demand for facilities; and

Such other considerations as the director or designee deems appropriate. The director or designee shall prescribe the specific details and manner in which fees shall be applied. The director or designee may also waive fees for marketing or promotional purposes or to redress visitor complaints, provided, however, that annual fees may not be waived. The director or designee may also establish temporary fees for a maximum of one year for new facilities or services.

(1) The director or designee may authorize reciprocity with other state or federal agencies for the use of annual permits of like services, provided, that Washington licensed vehicles and/or residents shall be required to have and/or display the appropriate Washington permit;

(2) Overnight camping - standard campsite; utility campsite; emergency campsite; overflow campsite; hiker/biker campsite; walk-in campsite; primitive campsite for nonmotorized for motorized vehicle - fees will be charged as published by state parks. Payment for utility campsite will be collected whether utility hookups are actually used or not, except when otherwise specified by a ranger;

(3) Overnight camping - multiple campsites: Where campsites are designated and posted as a "multiple campsite," an individual may rent the multiple campsite by paying the multiple campsite fee. The multiple campsite fee will be calculated by multiplying the standard utility or primitive campsite fee, as applicable, by the number of individual campsites to be used in the designated multiple campsite;

(4) Group camping area - certain parks: Individual camping units using these facilities must pay campsite fees as published by state parks;

(5) Conference center facilities - fees will be charged for use of facilities and services as set forth in the fee schedule published by state parks and will include, but not be limited to: Overnight accommodations in individual recreational housing units or dormitory units; use of meeting rooms, performance venues and rally areas; linen and janitorial services; group food services; and use of equipment, supplies, and staff time necessary to support group activities. Certain deposits, reservation and cancellation fees also apply as set forth in the fee schedule published by state parks and may not be refundable.

(6) Environmental interpretation:

(a) Service fees will be established by the director or designee in order to recover, to the maximum extent practicable, all direct and indirect costs of environmental interpretation services on a program-wide basis based on anticipated attendance.

(b) Material and publication fees will be established by the director or designee. All material and publication fees will be deposited in the parks improvement account to be used for purposes specified in RCW 79A.05.060.

(c) Facility use, including environmental learning center fees, will be established by the commission. A facility use fee schedule is available by contacting Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, 7150 Cleanwater Lane, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650;

(7) Adirondacks - not to include those located in ELC areas: Occupancy shall be limited to the number of built-in bunks provided;

(8) Extra vehicle overnight parking fee will be charged for each additional unhitched vehicle in excess of the one recreational vehicle allowed at each campsite: Provided, An extra vehicle overnight parking fee shall not be imposed when the recreational vehicle and the towed vehicle arrive at the park hitched together, and after the camper has registered for and occupied the assigned campsite either the recreational vehicle or the towed vehicle remain parked at the campsite for the duration of the camper's stay;

(9) Unattended vehicle overnight parking permit: Unoccupied vehicles parked overnight in designated areas must register and pay the nightly permit fee. The permit must be prominently displayed in the vehicle;

(10) Watercraft launch site permit fee - charged according to facilities provided. Watercraft launch permit shall not be required for:

(a) Vehicles, other than those registered as extra overnight parking vehicles, registered for camping or overnight mooring in the park containing the watercraft launch site;

(b) Vehicles of persons using any recreational housing or conference facilities at Fort Worden State Park;

(c) Vehicles of persons holding limited-income senior citizen, disability or disabled veteran passes;

(d) Vehicles displaying a valid annual watercraft launch site permit;

(11) Annual watercraft launch site permit valid January 1 - December 31 at any launch site designated by the director or designee. Permit must be displayed as instructed on permit backing;

(12) Trailer dump station fee - fee shall not be required for:

(a) Registered camping vehicles in the park containing the dump station;

(b) Vehicles of persons holding limited-income senior citizen, disability or disabled veterans passes;

(13) Popular destination park - a surcharge will apply for use of standard or utility campsite located in a popular destination park during such periods as the director may specify;

(14) Water trail site permits -

(a) For unlimited use within the calendar year, the annual fee will be set by the director or designee after consultation with the water trail advisory committee;

(b) For one day/night use within the calendar year, the fee will be set by the director after consultation with the water trail advisory committee;

(c) For children under 13 years of age the permits shall be issued at no cost;

(d) Water trail permits issued to persons by another state or Canadian province will be honored provided that a similar reciprocal provision for Washington water trail permit holders is issued by that state or province;

(e) Water trail permits will be issued to holders of Washington state parks passes (WAC 352-32-251) for the applicable discounts;

(15) In addition to the regular fee, a per night surcharge shall be imposed for failure to pay the self-registration overnight facility fee;

(16) Group day use facilities - a minimum daily permit fee will be charged for groups of 20 or more;

(17) Reservation transaction - fee will be charged as published by state parks;

(18) Moorage facilities - fee will be charged as published by state parks;

(19) Hot showers, electric stoves - fees will be charged as published by state parks. Fees published by state parks do not apply in those circumstances set forth in WAC 352-32-280 and 352-32-285 as now or hereafter amended;

(20) Commercial recreation provider permit registration - a fee shall be charged, as published by state parks for registration as a commercial recreation provider;

(21) Commercial recreation provider permit - a fee shall be charged, as published by state parks for obtaining a permit to engage in commercial recreational use of state parks, as defined in WAC 352-32-010.

(22) Sno-park permit - seasonal and daily permit fees will be charged as published by state parks.

(23) Special groomed trail permit - a statewide special groomed trail permit will be required for use of special groomed trail areas. The fee charged will be as published by state parks.

(24) Wood debris collection permit - fee will be charged for collection and removal of wood debris from a state park area pursuant to RCW 4.24.210. The fee may be waived for volunteers assisting with emergency salvage and storm clean-up in the parks.

(25) Merchandise - prices for merchandise including but not limited to interpretive, recreational and historic materials, literature, food, beverage, grocery and other items at agency operated sales points will be based on market rates and practices.

(26) Back country camping permit - fee will be charged as published by state parks for selected state park areas as designated by the director.

(27) Group use registration - fee will be charged for groups of a size to be specified in the fee schedule on a park by park basis who have not otherwise reserved group facilities.

(28) Special event - fees will be charged based on the cost of providing events and market rates for comparable activities at other locations.

(29) Aquatic facilities - fees will be charged as published by state parks.

(30) Vehicle parking permit:

(a) The director or designee shall designate state parks where a vehicle parking permit shall be required for parking and shall publish a fee schedule to include any or all of the following:

(i) A single day or multiple day vehicle parking permit;

(ii) An annual vehicle parking permit;

(b) Vehicle parking permits shall not be required for:

(i) Vehicles registered for overnight accommodations, other than those registered as extra overnight parking vehicles;

(ii) Vehicles whose occupants hold a current pass authorized in WAC 352-32-251, Limited income senior citizen, disability, and disabled veteran passes;

(iii) Vehicles whose occupants hold a current watercraft launch site permit;

(iv) Vehicles whose occupants perform volunteer activities approved by the park ranger;

(v) Vehicles whose occupants engage in official business as authorized by agreement or otherwise approved by the park ranger;

(c) Any vehicle parking permit must be displayed as instructed on the permit.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, including RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 00-13-070, 352-32-250, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00. Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW and RCW 79A.05.070. 00-01-201, 352-32-250, filed 12/22/99, effective 1/22/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(2). 98-23-063, 352-32-250, filed 11/16/98, effective 1/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060, 43.51.055, 43.51.050, 43.51.040 and 43.51.300. 97-21-133, 352-32-250, filed 10/21/97, effective 1/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060, 43.51.055, 43.51.050 and 43.51.040. 96-22-018, 352-32-250, filed 10/29/96, effective 1/1/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and [43.51.]060. 95-22-067, 352-32-250, filed 10/30/95, effective 1/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060 and 43.51.395. 95-07-061, 352-32-250, filed 3/13/95, effective 4/13/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 94-23-024, 352-32-250, filed 11/7/94, effective 1/1/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.060. 94-13-080, 352-32-250, filed 6/13/94, effective 7/14/94; 94-08-036, 352-32-250, filed 3/31/94, effective 5/1/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 93-19-113, 352-32-250, filed 9/20/93, effective 10/21/93; 93-08-025, 352-32-250, filed 3/30/93, effective 5/1/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.51 RCW. 92-10-018, 352-32-250, filed 4/29/92, effective 5/30/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 91-09-001, 352-32-250, filed 4/4/91, effective 5/15/91; 90-07-062, 352-32-250, filed 3/20/90, effective 4/20/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 89-07-020 (Order 89-01), 352-32-250, filed 3/7/89; 88-07-074 (Order 103), 352-32-250, filed 3/18/88, effective 5/15/88; 87-08-008 (Order 100), 352-32-250, filed 3/23/87, effective 5/15/87; Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040, 43.51.055 and 43.51.060. 85-08-003 (Order 88), 352-32-250, filed 3/22/85, effective 5/15/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 84-09-045 (Order 77), 352-32-250, filed 4/16/84. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.055 and 43.51.060. 83-23-094 (Order 71), 352-32-250, filed 11/22/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 83-09-031 (Resolution No. 67), 352-32-250, filed 4/15/83; 82-15-059 (Order 62), 352-32-250, filed 7/20/82; 82-09-035 (Order 60), 352-32-250, filed 4/14/82; 81-09-034 (Order 50), 352-32-250, filed 4/14/81; 80-05-007 (Order 45), 352-32-250, filed 4/4/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(2) and 43.51.060(6). 79-09-077 (Order 42), 352-32-250, filed 8/30/79, effective 10/1/79; 79-02-032 (Order 41), 352-32-250, filed 1/23/79, effective 5/1/79; 78-05-082 (Order 39), 352-32-250, filed 5/1/78; Order 36, 352-32-050 (codified as WAC 352-32-250), filed 10/11/77; Order 27, 352-32-250, filed 11/19/76.]

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