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Nisqually State Park--Manke Property
- Pending Legislative Action
If this WWRP grant is funded, State Parks will acquire 214 acres of privately-owned property within the long-term boundary of Nisqually State Park. The property is currently owned by the Manke Timber Company. In 1987, the Washington State Legislature approved the Nisqually River Management Plan which recommended the development of a major destination park at the confluence of the Mashel River and Ohop Creek with the Nisqually River. State Parks began acquiring land in this area in the early 1990s, using Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program funding, and currently owns 1,230 acres. A recently-completed Master Plan approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission identified a long-term boundary for the park that stretches from the western side of the Ohop Valley in the west to SR-7 in the east. The Manke parcel is essential because it includes the high point in the park, which the Master Plan identifies as an open-air observatory and storytelling area. This area is key to the park's purpose of telling the story of Native American use of the site through time. The Manke property also includes a portion of the planned trail system in the park.
What is the WWRP?
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.