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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Maintaining Washington's State Parks

A photo of Clareta and Leta May Olmstead sits in their home at Olmstead Place State Park. When they deeded the 217 acres of land to Washington State Parks in 1968, the intention was for the parks system to develop it into a living pioneer farm, with draft horses and other animals, restoring it to as close to original function as possible. Today, staffing has been cut to the point where there is only one interpreter on site, no animals, and the farmland is being leased out to be worked with modern methods, not as a part of the exhibit.

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