FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2010
Board of Natural Resources protects 122 acres in Morning Star NRCA
OLYMPIA – Today at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Natural Resources approved the transfer of 122 acres of Common School Trust property into the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). Located in Snohomish County, three parcels abutting the current NRCA comprise the transfer properties. The properties are located about 24 miles east of Everett among trust lands north of Spada Lake.
“While this transfer adds some older, complex forest structure to the Morningstar Natural Resources Conservation Area, it will also function to protect the local watershed and long-term habitat,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “The state trust will benefit from funds to acquire replacement lands more suitable to sustainable forest production.”
Through the Trust Land Transfer program, the $931,000 proceeds from the 2,996 million board feet of timber value on the properties will be deposited into the Common School Construction Account to help build or upgrade public Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools statewide. The $79,000 proceeds of the land value will be deposited to the Real Property Replacement Account and used to purchase replacement property desirable for long-term management for the Common School Trust.
The Common School Trust lands assets are improved by:
- Disposing of property that is inefficient to manage for timber harvest income.
- Enabling replacement of the assets with property that has greater potential for long-term income production to provide future revenue for supporting public schools statewide.
- Transferring the property to a program that will protect and manage it for identified biological, ecological, and social values.
DNR manages state trust lands
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. Of these, more than half are held in trust to produce income to support public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions. These state trust lands provide other public benefits, including outdoor recreation, habitat for native fish and wildlife, and watersheds for clean water. More than 132,000 acres of the lands are natural areas that protect rare and threatened species, as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington.
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