Board of Natural Resources approves return of Sultan Basin Road parcel to Snohomish County ownership
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Board of Natural Resources approves return of Sultan Basin Road parcel to Snohomish County ownership 
 


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December 7, 2010

Board of Natural Resources approves return of Sultan Basin Road parcel to Snohomish County ownership
Board also purchases 80 acres of working forest near Monroe

OLYMPIA – Today at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Natural Resources approved a request by Snohomish County to transfer approximately 150 acres on Sultan Basin Road from state to county ownership. The County requested the property, which is six miles northeast of Sultan, to develop into a county-owned public shooting range.

The parcel is among the more than half million acres of State Forest Transfer Trust lands – former county-owned properties – around the state that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has managed for counties starting in the 1920s. These lands provide nontax revenue supporting services in 23 counties, mostly in western Washington.

“This will be a great opportunity for the people of Snohomish County to enjoy a beautiful piece of land that fulfills a critical need in this county: an open, accessible and safe place for recreational shooting for years to come,” said Tom Teigen, director of the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department, following the Board’s approval.

State law requires that the Board of Natural Resources approve a county’s request to regain any of its former properties through reconveyance if the proposed use is in line with the state’s outdoor recreation plan and will not impede DNR’s management of adjacent state lands. The county is paying the administrative costs to process this transaction. Because Snohomish County wants to convert the land from working forestland to a public shooting range, its proposal requires compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.

Board approves 80-acre forestland purchase near Monroe
The Board today also approved the purchase of 80 acres of prime forestland located nine miles northeast of Monroe. The property was purchased from a willing private seller for $287,000.

Most of the parcel was forested and undeveloped but it was considered at high risk of being developed into home sites because of an existing road and utility access. The parcel is bordered on three sides by state trust land used to produce revenue for school construction statewide. The City of Everett owns adjacent land, and Lake Chaplain, a drinking water source for the city, is nearby.

DNR… caring for your natural resources
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.

Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149 bob.redling@dnr.wa.gov  

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