state parks

Don’t poo-poo these states’ pleas to keep the parks pristine

BY: - August 15, 2023

DENVER — Earlier this summer, Adam Ducharme made an unpleasant discovery while helping volunteers install signs telling visitors where to camp, park or launch boats near Leadville, a mountain town surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks in central Colorado. “We were digging holes, putting in signs, and then backfilling the holes with rocks and sort of compounding […]

At State Parks, revenue is up and staffing levels are down

BY: - May 31, 2023

Washington State Parks took in more money than expected during the past two years as the pandemic drove a boom in outdoor recreation.  State Parks collected almost $123 million between July 2021 and April of this year, $12 million more than anticipated. That’s according to a financial report delivered at a State Parks and Recreation […]

‘Pack your patience’: Busy summer season begins for Washington’s parks

BY: - May 13, 2023

The start of the summer outdoor recreation season is here in Washington. With it comes crowded trailheads, filled campgrounds and congested park roads. Land managers are preparing for the rush as state and national parks are still recovering from a visitor boom during the pandemic. And some agencies are beginning to rethink how best to […]