July 8, 2013
Public hearing July 22 for proposed boundary expansion of Upper Dry Gulch NAP
Expansion may help protect a rare plant species
OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing to provide information and receive public comments about the proposed boundary expansion of Upper Dry Gulch Natural Area Preserve (NAP).
The proposed boundary expansion will include the entire known population of Whited’s milkvetch, a plant native only to Washington, in an effort to protect this rare species.
A proposed natural area boundary imposes no change in land-use zoning, development code requirements, or any other restrictions on current or future landowners. A proposed natural area boundary is an administrative tool to indicate where DNR will work with willing property owners to expand the state-owned natural area. Privately owned lands within the boundary only become part of the natural area if DNR purchases them from a willing private seller at market value, which is determined by an independent, third-party appraisal.
| Who:||DNR Natural Areas Program|
| What:||Public hearing on proposed boundary expansion for Upper Dry Gulch NAP|
| When:||6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2013|
| Where:||Community Center Building, 504 S. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801|
| Why:||Provide information and take public comments on proposed changes to Dry Gulch NAP. Comments on the proposal will be accepted at the public hearing. |
| Weblink: ||For more information on this proposal, visit: http://1.usa.gov/12a7ka3|
Written comments may also be submitted until August 18 to:
DNR SE Region, Natural Areas Program at 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926, or emailed with the subject line “Upper Dry Gulch Boundary Hearing” to: email@example.com.
For more information, please contact the Natural Areas Manager at 509-925-0911.
DNR’s Natural Areas Program
DNR manages 55 Natural Area Preserves (NAPs) and 36 Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCAs) on more than 150,000 acres statewide. NAPs protect high-quality examples of native ecosystems and rare plant and animal species. NAPs serve as genetic reserves for Washington’s native species and as reference sites for comparing natural and altered environments. NRCAs protect lands having high conservation values for ecological systems, scenic qualities, wildlife habitat, and low-impact recreational opportunities. Environmental education and approved research projects occur on both NAPs and NRCAs.
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, DNR Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, firstname.lastname@example.org