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October 19, 2011 (Online Edition Updated Oct. 21)

Public auctions for agricultural leases in Franklin, Grant counties
Lease revenue helps pay for public schools

OLYMPIA –Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced opportunities to bid on four irrigated state trust land leases in southeastern Washington. DNR will offer these leases at sealed bid public auctions to take place at their southeast Region Office. Complete information for each of the lease offerings below can be found on DNR’s Leasing State Trust Lands for Agriculture webpage. 

 Who:DNR Southeast Region
 Where:Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926

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November 8, 2011, Sealed Bid Public Auction—Irrigated Agriculture Lease No. 12-B69496 in Grant County: A 10-year lease of 76 acres irrigated agriculture and 70.43 acres conservation. The lease is for state school trust land in Grant County, about 5 miles southeast of Ephrata, off the north end of Road D NW. From Dodson Road, turn west on Road 9 NW, then turn right on Road D NW. Sealed bids are to be received no later than November 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Sealed bids will be opened at 2:00 p.m. at Southeast Region Office. For information, contact Brett Tonne at 509-754-3834.

November 15, 2011, Sealed Bid Public Auction—Irrigated Lease No. 12-C71818 in Franklin County: A 9-year term of 196 acres of irrigated agriculture and 21.9 acres for conservation. The lease is for state trust land in Franklin County, 17 miles north of Pasco, near the intersection of Glade North and Garfield County roads and across the road from the Catholic church. Sealed bids will be opened on November 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Sealed bids should be received no later than November 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Southeast Region Office. For more information, contact Toby McKay at 509-545-2023.

November 29, 2011, Sealed Bid Public Auction—Irrigated Cash Lease No. 12-F63881 in Grant County: A10-year lease of 160 acres of state trust land in Grant County, west of Moses Lake, ½ mile south of the I-90 South Frontage Road. Sealed bids will be opened on November 29, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Southeast Region Office. Sealed bids should be received no later than November 29, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Brett Tonne at 509-754-3834.

November 30, 2011 Sealed Bid Public Auction—Irrigated Agricultural Lease No. 12-B71244 in Franklin County: A 9-year lease of 588.3 acres for row crops, 11.9 orchard, and .3 for a home site. The lease is for state trust land in Franklin County. Sealed bids will be opened on November 30, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Southeast Region Office, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Sealed bids should be received no later than November 30, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Toby McKay at 509-545-2023.

DNR-managed state trust lands
Washington’s Department of Natural Resources manages 3 million acres of trust lands, most of which were given to the state at statehood. Trust lands provide revenue for specific beneficiaries and many benefits for the public. Income from state trust lands helps fund construction of public schools statewide and supports state universities, prisons, and other institutions, along with services in many counties. Revenue-producing activities on state trust lands include:

  • Harvest of timber and other forest products
  • Leasing of agricultural lands including orchards, vineyards, row crops, dryland crops, and grazing lands
  • Leasing of communication sites and wind power sites
  • Mineral leases
  • Leasing of commercial properties

As with other Common School Trust lands, the lease revenue from these parcels will pay for kindergarten through 12th grade public schools.

Media Contact: Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1721, jane.chavey@dnr.wa.gov  

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