June 14, 2011
Public comment period extended on the proposed boundary for Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve
Comments welcomed until June 30
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the public comment period until June 30, 2011 regarding expanding the proposed boundary for the Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve (NAP).
DNR began the comment period on May 14, 201 and held a public hearing in Colville on May 24.
Who: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Natural Areas Program
What: Written comments on the proposed preserve boundary are welcomed until close of business on June 30, 2011, to be sent to Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources & Conservation Division, ATTN: Trombetta Canyon Boundary, PO Box 47016, Olympia, WA 98504-7016; Phone (360) 902-1600.
Or, comments may be emailed to email@example.com, with the subject line ‘Trombetta Canyon Boundary Comment.’
Proposal: Proposed Trombetta Canyon NAP
Trombetta Canyon is a striking geological feature, consisting of a dry cliff-sided canyon incised in a raised limestone formation, with no apparent source of flowing water to have formed it. The limestone cliffs provide habitat for two rare and other limestone-dependent plant species. The canyon’s location and topography protect habitat for a variety of other organisms, particularly those that may be adapted to limestone substrates. Isolation of this site offers an uncommon opportunity for study of ecological processes without human-caused effects.
Trombetta Canyon proper lies just 2 miles southeast of Northport, Washington in Stevens County. The canyon is almost entirely within the west half of Section 16, in Township 39 North, Range 40 East, with a sliver of land extending west into Section 17 and the mouth of the canyon reaching north into Section 9 and the extreme southeast corner of Section 8. The limestone/dolomite formation in which the Canyon is cut includes the southern third of Section 9, the western edge of Section 15, and the eastern two thirds of Section 17.
The Natural Heritage Advisory Council recommended acquisition in March 26, 2008, and proposed a preliminary site boundary. The public hearing will be held prior to a Commissioner’s decision on whether to establish a boundary for the natural area.
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