1. SEPA review is necessary. Most of the projects in the plan were contained in the "Active Recreation" component of earlier plans presented to the public. The architect for the plan, Jonathan Douglas said in his document "Deception Pass State Park Master Plan Environmental Implications of Concept Alternatives, dated January 27, 200l: "Relative to the other three concepts, the Active Recreation Concept would result in the greatest impacts to the natural environment (plants, animals, water, earth) because the concept includes the most extensive development of trails and visitor facilities By providing visitor services and formal recreation destinations throughout the park, the Active Recreation Concept would disperse use throughout the Park, including both land and water oriented facilities and activities. Overall, this dispersed use may result in environmental impacts to more portions of the park, but less impact in any one concentrated area. Relative to the other three concepts, this Concept would result in greater impact to sensitive shoreline and water sites, and greater impact to sensitive vegetation communities such as bluffs and balds (sic) and some of the park's more sensitive forested areas. The concept would provide more camping in existing camping areas, potentially resulting in greater impacts to shoreline and dune area."
The Determination of Non Significance contained in the plan contradicts its architect's own words. SEPA is necessary.
2. Fund parks through continued development of a foundation, not through "opportunities for enterprise" and commercialism.
3. Make the basic philosophy of the park conservation, preservation, and maintenance, as performed by sufficient personnel. Use assets to maintain what currently exists, not to acquire new properties or to provide commercial opportunities for entrepreneurs.
4. Maintain current land classifications which support conservation and preservation by limiting utilization. Concentrate utilization where it is heaviest. and preserve nature in less trafficked areas. Eliminate projects which require reclassification of lands.
These projects include: cabins planned for North Beach (Whidbey), currently set aside for resource recreation; reclassification of Hoypus Hill for more trails; and reclassification of the dock at Bowman Bay to permit commercial utilization. The fishing dock was funded with tax money earmarked for personal recreational usage. Planners want to use it for passengers on the privately-run water shuttle.