January 29, 2009
Contact: Jane Chavey, 360-902-1721
State DNR to Hold Two Oral Public Auctions for 10-year Grazing Leases
10:00 a.m. auctions to lease 1,120 acres in Ferry and Okanogan Counties
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer two grazing leases on parcels of school trust lands in northeast Washington. Both oral bid auctions will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the county courthouse in which the lands are located. These leases will have a ten-year term.
“As a rancher, I know the importance of having grazing lands available,” said Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands. “These auctions also will provide the public the best opportunity to get the highest possible return.”
DNR grazing program managers work with lessees to protect public resources such as water, native plants and wildlife, and address non-native invasive weeds as well.
February 17 oral auction in Ferry County
Lease 10-083931 is an 800-acre lease parcel in the area of Curlew Lake, roughly six miles northeast of Republic in Ferry County. Oral auction will be held on February 17, 2009, at the Ferry County Auditor’s Office at 350 East Delaware #2 in Republic, Washington.
March 10 oral auction in Okanogan County
Lease 10-084068 is an 320-acre lease parcel two miles west of Havillah on Swanson Mill Rd., about a half mile east of Franchers Dam Reservoir in Okanogan County. Oral auction will be held on March 10, 2009, at the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office at 149-3rd Ave. N. in Okanogan, Washington.
Bidders’ proposal packets
Potential bidders will need to provide information about their proposal in a qualification packet. All relevant documents that will assist them in this process are posted on DNR’s website: Go to www.dnr.wa.gov , then type into the upper right search box ‘leasing for agriculture’ to reach the desired page. For more information, contact Linda Shaw at 509-684-7474.
Bidder’s qualification packets must be submitted to the auctioneer or receptionist at the auction site before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the auction.
Caring for your natural resources … now and forever
DNR, led by the state’s Lands Commissioner, manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. Of these, 3 million acres are state trust lands, managed to produce income to support our public schools and universities, prisons, and other state institutions. State-owned lands managed by DNR provide other public benefits as well, including outdoor recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, and clean and abundant water.
Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889 and the first commissioner from Eastern Washington.
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