WSR 07-18-076

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PARKS AND RECREATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed September 4, 2007, 1:58 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The state parks and recreation commission is considering amending chapter 352-28 WAC following an agency study on issues related to the management, sale and removal of its natural resources materials, and the collection of fauna as a part of agency-approved research permits.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, 79A.05.070, and 79A.05.075 and chapter 441, Laws of 2007.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To define and establish limits and procedures for the utilization and management of natural resources, including trees, nontree vegetation, and fungi, and codify the collection of fauna from state parks through the research permit process.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington state parks and recreation commission has lead agency jurisdiction over the public use of natural resources on agency property. The department of natural resources' natural heritage program needs to be consulted on select management actions taken in natural areas of the park system. The Washington department of natural resources needs to provide a collection permit for any fauna collected on lands managed by state parks and needs to be consulted on select management actions related to species of concern and their habitats.

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 by contacting Robert Fimbel, Chief, Resource Stewardship, Washington State Parks, Headquarters, 7150 Cleanwater Drive, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-8592, fax (360) 902-8517, e-mail robert.fimbel@parks.wa.gov.

September 4, 2007

J. M. French

Administrator of Statewide

Recreation Programs

Washington State Code Reviser's Office