No Military Training in Washington State Parks

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The US Navy proposes to conduct covert training at 68 coastal sites in Washington, which incredibly, includes 29 Washington State Parks. Essentially this is war gaming. Up to 20 camouflaged troops at a time will carry simulated weapons made to look like standard military weapons. They will sneak out of the water and cross beaches to hide in upland vegetation for 2-72 hours while spying on park visitors.

The list of parks:
Blake Island, Manchester, Pacific Pines, Cama Beach,Mystery Bay, Salsbury Point, Camano Island, Fort Townsend, Scenic Beach Cape, Disappointment, Fort Worden, Sequim Bay, Deception Pass, Grayland Beach, Shine Tidelands, Doeswallips, Joseph Whidbey, Skagit Island Marine, Fort Casey, lllahee, Twin Harbors, Fort Columbia, Leadbetter, Westhaven, Fort Ebey, South Whidbey, Westport Light, Fort Flagler, Triton Cove

Everything about this proposal is wrong. State parks prohibit the display of guns and other weapons, intimidating and disturbing park employees, volunteers, and visitors. The environment is put at risk. There is the potential for tragic accidents such as when two military trainees posing as terrorists in North Carolina were shot by an unsuspecting deputy.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to hear from you expressing your strident opposition to this wrong headed proposal.

Please do the following:

1) Sign this petition
2) Send an email to commission@parks.wa.gov opposing this proposal
3) Join the Facebook Group for more information:
www.facebook.com/groups/No.Wargames.In.WA.State.Parks
4) Share this petition widely on social media
5) Attend the WA Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on March 12th in Chelan
6) Click on https://www.gofundme.com/f/stop-military-training-in-wa-state-parks  and donate. We have plans to vigorously oppose this proposal and we need the resources to bring these plans into action.
7) For more information, send email to wean@whidbey.net