FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2010
DNR schedules November 4 hearing in Ellensburg on proposed exchange of state trust land designations
Inter-trust exchange is step for DNR to transfer trust land in Chelan County to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing in Ellensburg on November 4 to receive the public’s comments about a proposed exchange of state trust designations.
| DATE:||Thursday, November 4, 2010|
| TIME: ||6:30 p.m.|
| LOCATION: ||DNR Southeast Region Office|
713 E. Bowers
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
The lands would remain in state trust following the proposed exchange. DNR proposes the exchange in order to position selected parcels of trust land in Chelan County for a future transfer to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife through the state’s Trust Land Transfer (TLT) Program.
The proposal calls for exchanging trust designations between approximately 1,920 acres of Agricultural School Trust lands in Chelan County for approximately 7,120 acres of equally valued Common School Trust lands – 960 acres in Chelan County and 6,160 acres in Kittitas County.
Maps of the proposed inter-trust exchange properties and additional descriptions will be available at the hearing and on the DNR website: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_stemilt_exchange_maps.pdf
The inter-trust exchange is proposed because the TLT Program applies only to trust land with the Common School designation. The legislatively funded program allows the transfer of certain trust lands from the Common School Trust to public agencies. Trust lands not currently designated as Common School must first be processed through an inter-trust exchange. The process includes an appraisal at fair market value that includes timber and land values. Agencies receiving TLT Program lands must manage them for fish and wildlife habitat, open space, or recreation purposes. Typically, the TLT Program transfers lands that are not suitable to produce trust income.
The TLT Program funds support public school construction and buy replacement lands with greater income potential for the Common School Trust.
Comments welcome until November 18
Written comments about the exchange are welcomed and must be received by 4 p.m., November 18, 2010. Send comments to DNR, Asset & Property Management Division, ATTN: TRUST LAND TRANSFER, Stemilt Inter-Trust Exchange No. 86-085763, 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. More than half of these lands are held in trust and produce income to support public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions. Lands managed by DNR provide other public benefits, including outdoor recreation, habitat for native fish and wildlife, and watersheds for clean water.
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