FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2010
DNR schedules June 2 hearing in Sedro Woolley on proposed land exchange between state trusts
Inter-trust exchange is step for DNR to transfer forestland in Skagit County to Seattle City Light for management as fish and wildlife habitat
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing in Sedro Woolley on June 2 to receive the public’s comments about a proposed exchange of lands between state trusts.
DATE: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
TIME: 5 p.m.
LOCATION: DNR Northwest Region Office
919 N. Township St.
Sedro Woolley, Washington 98284
DNR has proposed an exchange of land between state trusts that would position selected parcels of trust land in Skagit County for a future transfer to Seattle City Light through the state’s Trust Land Transfer (TLT) Program.
Specifically, the proposal calls for approximately 290 acres of State Forest Transfer Trust land and approximately 30 acres of Capitol Building Trust land in Skagit County to be exchanged for equal valued Common School Trust land in Skagit and Snohomish counties via the TLT Program. Maps of the proposed transfer properties and additional descriptions will be available at the hearing and on the DNR website: www.dnr.wa.gov
This trust-to-trust exchange is proposed because the TLT Program uses only trust land with the Common School designation. The program provides funding to transfer certain trust lands at fair market value to a public agency to manage for specific public benefits, including fish and wildlife habitat. DNR would use the TLT funds it receives to support public school construction and buy replacement lands with greater income potential for the Common School Trust.
Comments welcome until June
Written comments about the exchange are welcomed and must be received by 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Send comments to DNR, Asset & Property Management Division, ATTN: TRUST LAND TRANSFER, Inter-Trust Exchange No. 86-084805, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014, or e-mail to: Trust_Land_Transfer@dnr.wa.gov .
Comments will be considered by DNR in developing a final exchange agreement. A summary of the comments and the exchange agreement will be presented to the Board of Natural Resources at a regularly scheduled meeting.
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DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
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