Upper Cowlitz Area State Park
In 2010 Washington State Parks completed a land-use plan for Upper Cowlitz Area State Parks, including Lewis and Clark, Ike Kinswa, and Seaquest State Parks, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Packwood, and Tilton River Properties.
Stage 1 – Identify Issues & Concerns
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
Stage 2 – Exploring Alternative Approaches
At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established, rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.
Stage 3 – Preparing Preliminary Recommendations
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the SEPA checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations, available for public review upon request.
Stage 4 – Preparing Final Recommendations
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.