Public can help updated Kopachuck State Park plan

April 30, 2014 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a second workshop to develop an updated master plan for Kopachuck State Park near Gig Harbor.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Commons at Kopachuck Middle School, 10414 56th St. N.W., Gig Harbor.

The workshop is part of an effort to develop a plan based on the park’s current status as a day-use operation and in keeping with land classifications adopted as part of a 2010 park planning.

In 2010, the agency helped identify issues and gather public comment on the park. State Parks approved land classifications and a long-term boundary for Kopachuck in January 2011. Since that time, the park was found to be infested with laminated root rot, a disease that affected many of the mature Douglas firs. In 2012, many trees were removed. The park is now day-use only, and the forested campground remains closed for public safety concerns.

At the meeting Wednesday, staff will present the preliminary plan developed by an ad-hoc planning committee formed before the first planning meeting that occurred Feb. 11. The public also can view the presentation from the February meeting at parks.wa.gov/858/Kopachuck-Master-Plan. Public comment can be shared at the meeting or sent via email to planning@parks.wa.gov.

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