WSR 04-15-160




[ Filed July 21, 2004, 10:59 a.m. ]

Continuance of WSR 04-14-080.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has determined the need to reschedule the hearing on the proposal to adopt rules related to public harvesting of seaweed. The continuance will allow the commission to further coordinate with the Department of Natural Resources in researching technical issues including the commission's authority and manner of enforcing such new provisions of chapter 352-32 WAC, Public use of state park areas.

Hearing Location(s): Courtyard by Marriott Richland Columbia, 480 Columbia Point Drive, Richland, WA 99352, (509) 942-9500, on October 14, 2004, at 8:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 14, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: Robert Fimbel, P.O. Box 42650, Tumwater, WA 90850-2650 [98504-2650], e-mail, fax (360) 902-8517, by September 23, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Pauli Larson by October 4, 2004, TTY (360) 664-3133 or (360) 902-8505.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is responsible for protecting those natural resources under its jurisdiction while simultaneously monitoring appropriate public enjoyment of renewable resources. This proposed rule-making action is intended to provide a definition of seaweed, clarify the application of statutes and regulations under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Natural Resources to inform the public of the director's authority to take special actions to reduce seaweed harvest to prevent environmental damage and to specify the method of posting restrictions and closures of state park areas for seaweed harvesting.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: As specified in RCW 79.96.210, the Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife may establish seaweed harvest limits. The state Parks and Recreation Commission coordinates the regulations related to natural resource harvesting on state park properties with these agencies. The adoption of this proposed rule will further support coordination of resources protection, consistency in publishing education and public information materials and in the uniformity of enforcement of seaweed harvesting regulations, between these state agencies.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070.

Name of Proponent: , governmental.

July 21, 2004

Jim French

Chief of Policy and

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