FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2013
Trust land acquisition will create more school construction revenue
State Board of Natural Resources also authorizes transfer of Maury Island land to King County Parks & Recreation
OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the Board of Natural Resources authorized the purchase of approximately 1,209 acres of forestland in Clallam, Jefferson, Lewis and Snohomish counties from a private timber company. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will manage the lands – all of them bordering existing state trust lands – to enhance stream and wildlife habit while providing public school construction revenue.
“In addition to generating long-term revenue for public schools, these lands will remain sustainable working forests that continue to provide clean water and excellent wildlife habitat under DNR’s management,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who chairs the Board of Natural Resources and leads DNR.
Known as the Tri-Region Acquisition, the $3.8 million purchase from Manke Lumber Co. will be funded by proceeds from previous sales of state lands that did not meet DNR’s trust management and revenue goals. The parcels authorized for the purchase are in:
- Clallam County: 377 acres located in two parcels south of Port Angeles
- Jefferson County: 38 acres west of Quilcene
- Lewis County: 328 acres south of the Chehalis Indian Reservation
- Snohomish County: 466 acres; one parcel east of Arlington and the other near Gold Bar
Transfer to King County
In a separate action, the Board approved a transfer of 40 acres of state trust land on Maury Island to the King County Parks and Recreation Division, which had leased the parcel since 2005. The combined proceeds from the lease and property transfer come to more than $5.1 million for the Common School Trust, which funds public school construction statewide.
DNR manages Washington State’s trust lands
DNR manages working forests to provide forest biodiversity, open space, public access, clean air and water, and revenue for trust beneficiaries, including schools, universities, libraries, fire districts, emergency management services and other governmental programs. State trust lands also provide a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public, such as hiking, fishing, trail riding, hunting, and camping.
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