Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park and Wanapum Recreation Area are located near Vantage, Washington, about 30 miles east of Ellensburg, with direct access from Interstate 90. Boating, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and sightseeing are popular recreation activities. The area also includes the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Heritage Area, which includes an interpretive center on a bluff above the Columbia River and the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Natural Area, which includes a historic stone house with interpretive information and walking trail with viewing points of petrified logs.
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.
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 THREE – 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 State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
Stage Three Documents
STAGE FOUR – 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.