You can be fined $250 for taking driftwood from any Burien Park beach


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A regular BTB Reader alerted us that on Tuesday morning (May 26), she witnessed three men dressed in restaurant cook uniforms take driftwood from Seahurst Park beach, load it into a green truck and take off.

We checked with Capt. Bryan Howard of the Burien Police Department, who confirmed that taking driftwood is indeed against the City of Burien’s rules, and can result in a civil fine of $250:

(2) Seahurst Park and Eagle Landing Park are designated as marine reserve areas. The taking or intentional damaging of shells, rocks, plants, driftwood, shellfish, or animals dead or alive from the beaches within marine reserve areas is prohibited. This marine reserve designation shall allow and encourage the protection of fragile marine ecosystems and the education of the public regarding proper beach uses. The intentional taking or damaging of shells, rocks, plants, driftwood, shellfish, or animals dead or alive from the beaches or associated marine areas within these areas is prohibited. [Ord. 475 § 2, 2007]

SOURCE: http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/burien/html/burien07/Burien0730.html#7.30.160

Also, don’t forget that pets must always be “kept on a leash no greater than 15 feet in length, and under control at all times” at all local parks.

The city’s full parks rules can be found here:

http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/burien/html/burien07/Burien0730.html




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16 Responses to “You can be fined $250 for taking driftwood from any Burien Park beach”
  1. Ghost of Maplewild says:

    I have witnessed on NUMEROUS occasions a group of 4-6 women harvesting something off trail in the woods behind the marine center. It appears to be Salal maybe.

    • Breathing Regularly says:

      As a former salal hater, they may have it all. Those plants are tougher than the roots of my hair, evidently.

    • Kim says:

      They could be harvesting fern tips, there is a big market for them. Especially in the International District….they sell them at the markets for $2-10 a fern tip…

      • Ghost of Maplewild says:

        That might be it. They are Asian women with White gloves and white scarves on their heads. They are walking down from the Shorewood access gate. The last time I saw them they had quite the load they were carrying out. they always seem to be in the “boggy” areas off the trail.

        • Kevin says:

          If it’s the same group of Asian women I used to see they’re collecting stinging nettles to make tea, and maybe cook with, I can’t remember for sure. I’ve stopped and talked to them a couple of times but it’s been quite a few years.

  2. John Farrar says:

    It reads “No person shall…”

    http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/burien/html/Burien01/Burien0115.html#1.15.020

    “Person” means any individual, firm, business, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, public or private, however organized.

    Hhummm “…or other legal entity…”

    I wonder if there’s a scam going on here to to trick folks into thinking that this applies to “people” and not “persons”

  3. Nicky says:

    FYI – Speaking from experience the police won’t do anything if someone loads up their truck and takes the driftwood and you call in to report it. I know this is a very low priority for police (as it should be) but they really won’t do anything about it even if you have the license plate # and description of the vehicle.

    • jimmy says:

      did you try the parks department they can inform the police and possible get something done.

      Also the police may have found the people you reported but just happen not to follow up with you. Since you said you had a plate # that means as long as car is not stolen then the people will be found rather easy.

  4. sallie tierney says:

    Maybe we need a park ranger on duty?

  5. Joe M says:

    Certainly, there is nothing more lawless, than unenforceable law; nothing more useless than a judge who cannot enforce his decrees; Nothing more futile than a fire that burns not. a light that shines not.
    While corporate and government corruption peaks at a all time high, homelessness is all too common of a sight and attrition in the lines of hunger, I feel no sympathies for the whines of the well housed and well fed complaints of a twig being removed from the forest.

    • elizabeth2 says:

      Joe M:

      I am sure that you simply got too busy to properly attribute that quote/thought to the place where you found it……

  6. local says:

    There is a local shop next to Herfys on 1 st Ave that is making Cat Tree Houses out of driftwood ? Where is all that wood coming from? .

    • jimmy says:

      There are ways of legally buying driftwood it’s just illegal to take it from seahurst beach. If you search online you can find different retailers also pet stores usually have some form of driftwood for reptiles and other sea-life type animals.

  7. Matthew says:

    I hope to god they weren’t going to burn it in an outdoor fire-pit at a restaurant, or worse; in a wood-fired oven since the burning of driftwood is very toxic.

  8. Additional background: In 2005, the City Council declared Seahurst Park and Eagle Landing Park to be Marine Reserve Areas (Resolution 217). The Council’s intent was ” … to prohibit the intentional taking or damaging of shells, rocks, plants, driftwood, shellfish, or animals dead or alive from the beaches within the Parks …. This Marine Reserve designation shall allow and encourage the protection of fragile marine ecosystems and the education of the public regarding proper beach uses.” In 2007, this designation was codified into law (Burien Municipal Code 7.30.160): “The taking or intentional damaging of shells, rocks, plants, driftwood, shellfish, or animals dead or alive from the beaches within marine reserve areas is prohibited.” The organized activity that has been observed and reported involves suspected theft of plant material, rocks and driftwood by commercial operators, landscapers, etc. Signage concerning this and other park rules is posted. If park users should observe this type of activity, please report it to the police immediately. Thank you.

  9. Deepthroat says:

    Wow, amazing that anyone has time to get so worked up over driftwood. I’m pretty sure there are more pressing concerns….

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