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Board of Natural Resources approves land exchange with Department of Fish and Wildlife 
 


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January 4, 2011

Board of Natural Resources approves land exchange with Department of Fish and Wildlife
State trusts to gain more than 12,000 acres of forestland in eastern Washington

Iconic Saddle Rock property to be transferred to City of Wenatchee

OLYMPIA – The Board of Natural Resources today approved an exchange of several thousand acres of state trust lands in central Washington with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

In the transaction, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will receive 12,105 acres of forestland from WDFW in Kittitas, Okanogan and Yakima counties. In return, the state’s fish and wildlife management agency will receive just over 25,800 acres of primarily shrub-steppe land for wildlife management in Asotin, Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan and Yakima counties.

Properties on both sides of the transaction were valued at $13.46 million. The disparity in acreage – 12,105 acres for DNR and 25,800 acres for WDFW – is because DNR will receive parcels with higher-valued timber on them. DNR will manage the parcels it receives as state trust lands for multiple uses, including natural resources revenue to support construction of K-12 public schools and regional state universities.

The exchange helps each agency to consolidate its holdings in eastern Washington for more efficient management. The properties that WDFW receives will become part of the Asotin, Colockum, Cowiche, Klickitat, Methow, Oak Creek, Sinlahekin, Skookumchuck, Quilomene and Wenas Wildlife Areas it manages. DNR will receive properties located in the L.T. Murray, Oak Creek and Sinlahekin landscapes.

The direct link to a map of the properties approved for exchange is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_exc_wdfw_ph2_maps.pdf

The direct link to a list of the parcels DNR will receive is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_exc_wdfw_parcel_list.pdf  

The direct link to a list of the parcels WDFW will receive is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_exc_wdfw_dnr_parcel_list.pdf  

Iconic Saddle Rock property to be transferred to City of Wenatchee
Iconic Saddle Rock property to be transferred to City of WenatcheeIn other action today, the Board approved the transfer of 228 acres of DNR-managed state trust land to the City of Wenatchee. The property, located at the city’s southwestern edge, contains a large rock formation known as Saddle Rock which can be seen for miles. The $500,000 appraised cost of the property was paid by a private donor who chose to remain anonymous. The transfer was facilitated by the Chelan-Douglas County Land Trust. In approving the transfer, the Board stipulates that the area must be used for a public use, such as recreation, open space, or habitat.

 

Board action clears way for wildlife habitat lease in Chelan County
To clear the way for leasing about 2,543 acres of forestland in the Stemilt Basin to WDFW, the Board today approved an exchange of trust designations between parcels held by two state land trusts: the Common School Trust and the Agricultural School Trust. The redesignation of the parcels (both managed by DNR) will allow DNR to lease the Stemilt-Squilchuck Watershed property to WDFW through the state’s Trust Land Transfer (TLT) Program.

The leased parcels are located about 8 miles south of Wenatchee in Chelan County. The upfront payment of $1.89 million from the TLT Program for the 50-year lease represents 93 percent of the land’s present market value.

The exchange of designations was 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.

Because of its relatively low-valued timber and the presence of several easements owned by a local water district, the Stemilt-Squilchuck Watershed property to be leased has been inefficient to manage for trust revenue.

DNR manages state trust lands
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who also chairs the Board of Natural Resources, 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.

Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1140, bob.redling@dnr.wa.gov  

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