Washington State Parks has proposed various forms of privately financed development on 11 sites of State Parks land known as Candidate Sites for Recreation Business Activities, which they are accepting comment on through January 31st. One of the sites that they propose significant development on is immediately south of several crossing structures in the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project.
Specifically the Crystal Springs proposal, which is part of the Iron Horse State Park in Kittitas County, suggests a lodge with up to 20 rooms, up to 100 cabins, an RV facility, retail shops, equipment rental and year-round recreation facilities. This development proposal on public lands contradicts the historic public and private conservation investments made to date and underway in the I-90 corridor, while undermining the effectiveness of the crossing structures planned in the I-90 project.
There are ample opportunities at Snoqualmie Pass and farther east in Kittitas County for vacation rentals and recreation equipment sales and rentals, but the Crystal Springs property is in a location where there are limited options for fish and wildlife. This proposal should be removed from the list due to its impacts on wildlife and the inconsistency of the proposed actions with the land management focus and conservation investments of the landscape of which this park is a part.
Read the letter submitted by the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition on this proposal, and submit comments of your own via an action alert from coalition member Conservation Northwest’s action page or through Washington State Park’s online comment form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org