South Whidbey State Park

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South Whidbey State Park in Island County, Washington is one of the Washington State Parks.[1] It consists of 347 acres (140 ha) of old-growth forest and tidelands with 4,500 feet (1,400 m) of shoreline on Admiralty Inlet. The park contains many mature specimens of Western red cedar, Douglas fir, and Western hemlock, some of the largest on Whidbey island, including one "Giant Cedar" over 500 years old.[2]

The creation of the park in 1974 was prompted in part by protests from local citizens who were concerned by efforts of private companies to log the last growth forests on Whidbey.[3] The park was substantially expanded in 1990 with the addition of 262 acres of old-growth forest known as "Classic U", one of only two remaining stands of old growth on the island,[4] which had previously been managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.[5]

looking up the trunk of a 500 year old Western Red Cedar in South Whidbey State Park

Available activities include hiking, camping, crabbing, clamming, recreational fishing, swimming, beachcombing, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Whidbey State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ Romano, Craig (2008). "South Whidbey State Park". Mountaineers Books. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ See historic old-growth cedar on Whidbey Island hike. The Seattle Times, September 3, 2009. http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2009794940_nwwwalkabout03.html
  4. ^ Whidbey Scenic Isle Way Corridor Management Plan http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/9DD53C12-C0A3-435B-91A2-259F0CF5505D/0/WhidbeyScenicIsleCMP.pdf
  5. ^ Island County Public Works Parks Plan, 7/14/98. http://www.islandcounty.net/PublicWorks/parks%20plan/ParksPlan.html
  6. ^ "Complete information for South Whidbey State Park". Washington State Parks. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

Coordinates: 48°03′24″N 122°35′39″W / 48.05676°N 122.594046°W / 48.05676; -122.594046