Corps seeks volunteers for parks

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STARBUCK, Wash. - Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy spring at recreation facilities on Lake West managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Corps recreation planners invite the public to "play it safe" while having some warm-weather fun.

Although above-water temperatures are becoming warmer, springtime water temperatures can be cold enough to cause swimmers to develop hypothermia -- a severe lowering of core body temperature.

State boating, hunting and fishing regulations apply to visitors at Corps sites. Hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Boaters should ensure personal floatation devices (PFDs) are on board for each person - children 12 and younger are required to wear PFDs when in a boat less than 19 feet long.

Recreation information is available on website www.nww.usace.army.mil/corpsoutdoors.

Visitors may see changes in services and operating seasons at some parks as a result of the Walla Walla District experiencing an approximately 9 percent, or $669,000, decrease in its recreation budget, previously announced in September 2011.

To help keep parks open to the public, district natural resources management staff welcome local volunteers and organizations to assist with maintenance and other chores at Corps-operated recreation facilities.

Volunteers are a key factor in keeping recreation facilities clean, according to Corps of Engineers natural resources management staff.

Individuals or organizations interested in volunteering at other Corps-operated recreation sites throughout the Walla Walla District may contact Natural Resources Management at 509-527-7139 or email VolunteerCOEWalla@usace.army.mil.

A list of Walla Walla District recreation sites is online at www.nww.usace.army.mil/corpsoutdoors/parkslist.htm.

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