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State Natural Resources Board acts to preserve forestland in I-90 corridor 
 


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November 7, 2013

State Natural Resources Board acts to preserve forestland in I-90 corridor
Acquisition in King County, another in Grays Harbor County, will provide more income to state’s school trust beneficiaries

OLYMPIA – At its regular monthly public meeting Tuesday, the Board of Natural Resources (Board) authorized funds for the purchase of a 105.7-acre parcel in eastern King County that will preclude its commercial development.

The $1.26 million purchase of the property, known as Echo Lake, from a group of private sellers effectively prevents nonforest-related development there. The site, which borders the Raging River State Forest managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is currently approved for 10 home sites.

“This acquisition will preserve vital working forestland, while enhancing stream and wildlife protection in the I-90 corridor,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.

DNR will manage the parcel to protect stream and forest habitat for fish and wildlife, while producing sustainable long-term income to the Common School Trust, which funds public school construction statewide.

Grays Harbor County acquisition
In another action today, the Board authorized the $200,000 purchase of an 80-acre parcel of forestland in Grays Harbor County. Located on the western edge of Capitol State Forest near the town of Elma, the site had been zoned for 5-acre home sites. DNR will manage the parcel for its wildlife habitat and clean water qualities as well to produce sustainable income to Common School Trust beneficiaries.

DNR… caring for your natural resources
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. More than half of these lands are held in trust and produce income to support public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions. Lands managed by DNR provide other public benefits, including outdoor recreation, habitat for native fish and wildlife, and watersheds for clean water.

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

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