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 proposed 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, Dosewallips, 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. The proposal violates the mission statement of Washington State Parks. The proposal violates the vision statement of Washington State Parks. The proposal violates the core values of Washington State Parks.

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 all of the following - each item is significant:

1) Now - Sign the petition to oppose covert military training in Washington State Parks at
https://www.change.org/p/no-wargaming-in-washington-state-parks 

Share this petition WIDELY to your social media. This is one of the most impactful things you can do.

2) January 4th, at 9:00 am - January 20 at 5:00 p.m. - Register to verbally comment in person (via video conferencing software similar to Zoom) on January 26 (from 4 pm to 8 pm). Speaking slots will be assigned randomly by lot and if time runs out, not everyone will have an opportunity to speak. The more people that sign up, the stronger the message to the Commission that the public do not want our parks used for covert military training.

3) Express your objections and opinion in writing to the Commission and to Governor Inslee describing your park experiences and how US Navy Special Forces would impact you or your friends and family if the Commission allowed regular, unannounced Special Reconnaissance in Washington State Parks. Please keep it civil and respectful, all the while capturing the passion you have for protecting the parks from wargaming. Email: commission@parks.wa.gov

Paper Mail:

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA
98504-2650

Office of the Governor
Governor Jay Inslee
P.0. Box 40002
Olympia, WA
98504-0002

4) Jan 22 at 5:00 p.m. - Deadline to submit written comment on the Mitigated Determination of Non Significance at: https://parks.state.wa.us/865/SEPA-review---current

For more information or questions, send email to wean@whidbey.net