June 4, 2014
Land transfer to aid jobs, services in Skamania County
State Board of Natural Resources authorizes designation of conservation area; clears transfer of $327,000 to support Skamania County services
OLYMPIA – The state Board of Natural Resources yesterday approved the transfer of 42.5 acres of State Forest Trust land in Skamania County to conservation status. This legislatively funded transaction will allow the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to replace the parcel of state-owned working forestlands that was encumbered by federal endangered species restrictions. The transaction will be made through the State Forest Trust Replacement Program, which targets small, economically stressed rural Washington counties that depend heavily on timber revenue to support public services.
“Thanks to the legislature’s appropriation, this land transfer will provide dearly needed funds to Skamania County while supporting rural jobs and protecting critical wildlife habitat,” said Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands, who chairs the Board of Natural Resources.
An appropriation by the 2013 Legislature provides $500,000, based on the combined timber and land values for the parcel, which is north of Stevenson. The legislation directs distribution of the parcel’s $436,250 timber value in the same manner as if a timber harvest had occurred: Skamania County will receive 75 percent ($327,188) of the proceeds and DNR will receive 25 percent ($109,062) for its land management costs. The $63,750 land value of the property will be used to purchase replacement land. The parcel is among the several thousand acres of forestland that DNR manages to support Skamania County services.
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