State seeks help developing Mount Baker area recreation plan

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is looking for help as it develops a new recreation plan for state lands from Mount Baker to Bellingham.

The state agency is currently seeking applications for a recreation planning committee of 12 to 15 volunteer members with diverse recreation interests.

Members will create recommended guidelines for DNR staff to use as they develop the plan. The committee will begin meeting in the Whatcom County area in March with evening meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings will continue for the next two years, with occasional breaks. To apply, complete an application before Jan. 29, 2016.

The public is also invited to learn more at two open houses. Attend the Bellingham open house on Jan. 19 at the Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal in the Dome Room, 355 Harris Ave., or the Lynden open house on Jan. 20 at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. DNR is hosting the open houses from 7-9 p.m. with presentations at the start.

DNR’s Baker to Bellingham Recreation Plan will act as a blueprint for the next 10 to 15 years to clarify what types of recreation will occur and broadly define where those activities will happen in the 86,000-acre area. The area includes Sumas Mountain, borders the three forks of the Nooksack River, connects with Whatcom County park lands and provides views of the north Cascade Range.

The final plan will help DNR to pursue construction and maintenance funds for facilities, such as campgrounds, picnic areas and trails, consistent with its vision.

To apply for the committee or to learn more, visit

To ask questions, email or call 360-902-1600.

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