DNR Immunity Rule Letter
SUBJECT: Recreational Immunity Law (RCW 4.24.210)
MESSAGE: Hello (your Reps)
My name is ______________ and I live in your represented area. My ___________ and I live in _________ County and travel all over Washington to enjoy the outdoors, whether that involves our Jeep, motorcycles, mountain bikes, or on atv's with our friends. I am writing to you in an effort to bring up an issue with the Recreational Immunity Law. There is a very small phrase with a very large negative impact on our recreational lands that is included in this statute that should be removed. The phrase that needs to be removed is "known dangerous, artificial, latent condition"
In context with the rest of the law, it essentially means if a landowner knowingly leaves something that matches that phrase on their land without warning signs they are potentially responsible for an injury. This also brings up other liability issues. As other states have recognized, those who recreate on public or private lands should be responsible for their own actions. The "gray area" caused by this phrase should be removed so agencies like DNR can continue to provide recreational opportunities for all to enjoy. All states have these types of laws, but Washington state includes that phrase and it intimidates landowners both public and private to the point where they are closing these recreational areas or refuse to improve them so they don't intentionally create a liability.
Not only does this greatly affect lands where we currently recreate, but also access to future areas (both private and public). Please be sure to bring this issue up in the next legislative session. It is time for our society to start taking responsibility for their own actions in all areas of their lives whether it is financial, recreational,or otherwise.
Tri Cities Peak Putters
Land Use Coordinator
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