WSR 99-15-030

PERMANENT RULES

PARKS AND RECREATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed July 13, 1999, 12:24 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: June 11, 1999.

Purpose: The commission intends to improve the process for designating trails as open or closed for equestrian or animal recreation, as well as for use by nonmotorized cycles. The amendments provide greater consistency between trail use rules and greater clarity for public access and compliance. The amendments allow greater public participation in evaluating user conflicts and clarify the agency's decision-making process for designate [designating] trails as open or closed for these specific uses.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 352-32-070 and 352-32-075.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.51.040, 43.51.045, 43.51.050, 43.51.060(1), 43.51.061, and 43.51.395.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-10-065 on May 3, 1999.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

July 13, 1999

Jim French

Senior Policy Analyst

OTS-3110.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-01-078, filed 12/18/95, effective 1/18/96)

WAC 352-32-070
Use of horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals for recreation.

(1) No horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals used for recreation shall be permitted on trails in any state park area, except where designated and posted to specifically ((permit,)) or conditionally permit((,)) such activity. The director or designee may open or close trails to such use. This decision shall include an evaluation of factors including, but not limited to, conflict with other park users, public safety, and damage to park resources and/or facilities. This evaluation shall include a reasonable effort to involve interested trail users of the park in question, including, at a minimum, one public meeting advertised and conducted in the region where the park is located. Trails designated open for such use may be temporarily closed by the park manager due to emergency health, safety, or resource protection considerations.

(2) No horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals used for recreation shall be permitted off trails in any state park area, except where authorized by the commission and posted to specifically or conditionally permit such activity.

(3) Horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals used for recreation shall not be permitted in any designated swimming areas, campgrounds - except designated horse- or pack-oriented camping areas - or picnic areas, nor within a natural area preserve.

(((3))) (4) Horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals used for recreation shall not be permitted within natural areas or natural forest areas, except that relocation of existing equestrian or other similar trails into natural areas or natural forest areas may be permitted upon a finding by the director that such relocation is for the purpose of reducing overall resource impacts to a state park area.

(((4))) (5) No person shall ride any horse or other animal in such a manner that might endanger life or limb of any person or animal, or damage park resources and/or facilities, and no person shall allow a horse or other animal to stand unattended or insecurely tied. Persons using horses or other animals for recreation shall obey regulatory signs, including those permanently or temporarily erected, that govern the timing, location, speed, type and/or manner of use.

(((5))) (6) Except as provided in WAC 352-32-310, any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(1), [43.51.]045, [43.51.]050, [43.51.]060(1), [43.51.]061 and [43.51.]395.  96-01-078, 352-32-070, filed 12/18/95, effective 1/18/96.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.180(7).  92-19-098, 352-32-070, filed 9/17/92, effective 10/18/92; Order 9, 352-32-070, filed 11/24/70.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-04-065, filed 2/2/98, effective 3/5/98)

WAC 352-32-075
Use of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices.

(1) Whenever used in this section, nonmotorized cycle or similar device shall mean any wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land, including cycles, roller blades and skateboards, but not including wheelchairs or other devices utilized by persons with disabilities.

(2) Operation of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices shall be permitted upon public roads ((and trails)) in state park areas((, except:

(a) Where posted with prohibitory signing by approval of the director or designee.  Prior to such posting, a public meeting shall be advertised and conducted in the region where the park is located.  A closure decision shall be based on)).

(3) No operation of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices shall be permitted on trails in any state park area, except where designated and posted to specifically or conditionally permit such activity, or as specified in (b) of this subsection.

(a) The director or designee may open or close trails to such use. This decision shall include an evaluation of factors including, but not limited to, the degree of conflict with other park users, public safety, ((or)) and damage to park resources and/or facilities related to these devices. This evaluation shall include a reasonable effort to involve interested trail users of the park in question, including, at a minimum, one public meeting advertised and conducted in the region where the park is located.

(b) No existing trails open to use by nonmotorized cycles or similar devices prior to January 1, 1999, shall be closed to such use without an evaluation of use suitability following the criteria and process of (a) of this subsection; except for temporary closures by the park manager due to emergency health, safety, or resource protection considerations.

(4) No operation of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices shall be permitted off trails in any state park area, except where authorized by the commission and posted to specifically or conditionally permit such activity.

(5) Use of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices is prohibited in the following state park areas:

(a) Within designated natural areas, natural forest areas, or natural area preserves: Provided, That relocation of existing nonmotorized trails into natural areas or natural forest areas may be permitted upon a finding by the director that such relocation is for the purpose of reducing overall resource impacts to a state park area.

(((c))) (b) Upon designated special use trails such as interpretive or exercise trails.

(((d))) (c) Upon docks, piers, floats, and connecting ramps.

(((3))) (6) Persons operating such devices in state park areas shall:

(a) Obey regulatory signs, including those permanently or temporarily erected, that govern the timing, location, speed, type and/or manner of operation, designed to promote visitor health and safety.

(b) Restrict speed and manner of operation to reasonable and prudent practices relative to terrain, prevailing conditions, equipment, personal capabilities, personal safety, and the safety of all other park visitors.

(c) Yield the right of way to pedestrians and animals.

(d) Dismount and walk in congested areas and posted walk zones.

(e) Slow down, make presence known well in advance, and use courtesy and caution when approaching or overtaking other persons or animals.

(f) Display adequate lighting during hours of darkness.

(g) Use caution when approaching turns or areas of limited sight distance.

(h) Not disturb or harass wildlife.

(i) When on public roads within a state park area, operate in compliance with any additional requirements of RCW 46.61.750 through 46.61.850.

(((4))) (7) The director or designee may designate trails for preferential use by cyclists and may specifically authorize use of any facilities for special cycling recreation events, excluding roads or trails specified in subsection (((2))) (5) of this section.

(((5))) (8) Except as provided in WAC 352-32-310, any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040.  98-04-065, 352-32-075, filed 2/2/98, effective 3/5/98.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(1), [43.51.]045, [43.51.]050, [43.51.]060(1), [43.51.]061 and [43.51.]395.  96-01-078, 352-32-075, filed 12/18/95, effective 1/18/96.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.180(7).  92-19-098, 352-32-075, filed 9/17/92, effective 10/18/92.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060.  89-01-034 (Order 108), 352-32-075, filed 12/13/88.]

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