WSR 99-06-042

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PARKS AND RECREATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed February 26, 1999, 12:54 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 352-32 WAC, Public use of state parks areas, with a specific emphasis on the following rules or rules within this chapter related to the subject: WAC 352-32-070 Use of horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals for recreation and 352-32-075 Use of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 43.51 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Current agency procedures for authorizing bicycle and equestrian use on trails on agency property, are inconsistent and/or uncertain. The agency is proposing to amend existing rules to clarify procedures, increase public participation in policy discussion and establish criteria for [the] agency director to evaluate trail user conflicts.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication contacting Daniel Farber at Washington State Parks, P.O. Box 42668, Olympia, WA 98504-2668, or call (360) 902-8652 or fax (360) 664-0278 or e-mail to danielf@parks.wa.gov. Also state parks is exploring the use of the agency's internet web site to provide public access and gather comments at www.parks.wa.gov.

February 26, 1999

Jim French

Senior Policy Analyst

Washington State Code Reviser's Office