A golden anniversary for Dan Evans — and his state
... Evans was — and is — a creature of his background. He learned the outdoors at the Boy Scouts’ old Camp Parsons on the Olympic Peninsula. He would, years later, protect as wilderness the infamous steep climb up to Marmot Pass in the eastern Olympics.
The future Governor was trained as a civil engineer at the University of Washington. He was elected to the Legislature from Seattle’s 43rd District, where Republican candidates rarely run these days.
Evans has never quite retired. He and ex-Gov. Mike Lowry — his opponent in an intense 1983 Senate race — formed the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. It has hustled federal, state and private dollars to protect land and provide recreation across the state. Numerous blue herons owe their rookeries to the WWRC.