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Posted on: February 6, 2014

14-005: Douglas Peters of Selah appointed to serve on State Parks Commission

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Douglas Peters of Selah appointed to serve on Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

OLYMPIA – Jan. 24, 2014 – Douglas D. Peters of Selah has been appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Peters’ six-year term began this week with a Commission meeting in Olympia.

Peters was a founder of the Yakima Greenway Foundation and currently is on the board of the Yakima Greenway Endowment, originally formed to create an 11-mile-long recreation trail along the Naches and Yakima rivers bordering the City of Yakima. He served as the first president of the Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and now is on the steering committee for the Nature Conservancy Eastern Cascade Initiative. He has served over the years on a number of non-profit boards whose work focused on housing, education and the arts. He is a current member of the Yakima Valley Community College Foundation Board and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.

Peters’ 42-year legal career included serving as city attorney of Selah and Naches and sustaining a private law practice in Central Washington. He was president of the Yakima County Bar Association and a founding member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He and his wife Marj have four children and five grandchildren.

“I am honored and happy to be joining the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission,” Peters said. “We have a wonderful park system here in Washington. In fact, it’s one of our state’s best assets. I look forward to serving on the Commission to ensure that our state park system is healthy and strong, not just for today, but for our kids and grandkids.”

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is a seven-member board that sets policy to guide the state park system. Commissioners are appointed by the governor and serve in a volunteer capacity. The Commission meets six times a year at predetermined locations around the state, in order to provide citizens the opportunity to attend meetings and so that Commissioners can tour sites managed by the agency. Information about Commission meetings is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/agency/commissionmeetings/

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks_NEWS, www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the new State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. For more information about parks and services, visit www.parks.wa.gov/.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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