FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2014
State Natural Resources Board approves land transfers and inter-trust exchange; New rules for large vessel sales
Forestlands will be transferred to Jefferson County and to Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area
OLYMPIA – At its regular monthly meeting today, the state Board of Natural Resources approved a land transfer that will provide Jefferson County with 305 acres of forestland next to Gibbs Lake and Beausite Lake county parks.
Once the 305 acres is transferred to Jefferson County, the Common School Construction Account will receive $1.2 million for future school construction, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will receive $523,000 to purchase replacement lands for the Common School Trust.
In the process of creating the transfer, the Board approved the Beausite Lake Inter-Trust Exchange, which re-designated about 320 acres of working state-owned forestland of similar value elsewhere in the county for the State Forest Trust. DNR will manage that parcel to generate timber revenue for Jefferson County government services. The transaction is funded through a legislative appropriation for the Trust Land Transfer (TLT) Program.
Addition to Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area
Also at today’s meeting, the Board authorized a transfer of 163 acres from the Common School Trust to Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). The Mount Si Trust Land Transfer is intended to enhance public access to the scenic area east of North Bend. DNR will use a legislative appropriation of $430,000— the transferred parcel’s real estate value—for a future purchase of revenue-producing land for the Common School Trust. The parcel’s $724,000 timber value—also legislatively appropriated—will fund the construction of public schools statewide.
Rules for sales of large vessels
In another action today, the Board approved proposed rules that implement new state authority to address derelict and abandoned sea vessels. Starting July 1, 2014, owners selling vessels longer than 65 feet and older than 40 years must obtain a vessel inspection before transferring legal title to another owner.
The rule is the result of legislation passed in 2013 in response to the often hefty costs the state has incurred for safely disposing of large abandoned or derelict vessels. The rule approved today requires owners of large vessels to provide copies of the vessel inspection to the transferee and DNR prior to the ownership transfer. Owners who comply will avoid secondary liability if the vessel is later abandoned by the transferee or becomes derelict prior to a subsequent ownership transfer.
DNR… caring for your natural resources
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, county services, 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.
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