FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2009
Public hearing scheduled May 7 in Quilcene for proposed exchange between state land trusts for conservation area
‘Intergrant exchange’ would position state trust lands near Dabob Bay for future transfer to Natural Areas Program
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing in Quilcene on May 7 to receive testimony about a proposed exchange of state trust land designations in Jefferson County. The proposal would exchange approximately 2,090 acres from the Common School Trust for approximately 1,490 acres of equal value from the State Forest Transfer Trust. All of the lands for this proposed ‘intergrant’ exchange are in Jefferson County and the values of the lands to be exchanged will be determined by an appraisal of timber and land values.
The goal of the proposed exchange is to position state trust lands near Dabob Bay for future transfer to the state’s Natural Areas Program. The Common School trust will be reimbursed from the state general fund for the value of land (and standing timber) that is transferred to natural area status. The lands to be designated as State Forest lands will be managed for revenue to support Jefferson County services.
The public hearing will be preceded by an informational presentation describing the new proposed boundary of the natural area around Dabob Bay – the proposed boundary was recently finalized by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.
- Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009
- Time: 6:00 p.m. – Informational presentation about Dabob Bay natural area proposed boundary
- 6:45 p.m. – Public Hearing on proposed Dabob (Tarboo) Bay Intergrant Exchange
- Location: Quilcene School Multi-Purpose Room, 294715 Highway 101, Quilcene, Washington
Written comments welcome by May 14
Written testimony on the intergrant exchange will be received until 5 p.m., May 14, 2009. Send comments by e-mail to Trust_Land_Transfer@dnr.wa.gov or by mail to: DNR, Trust Land Transfer Program, Dabob (Tarboo) Bay Intergrant Exchange No. 86-082326, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA, 98504-7014.
Comments will be considered by DNR in developing a final exchange agreement. A summary of the comments and the exchange agreement will be presented to the Board of Natural Resources at a regularly scheduled meeting.
Maps and descriptions of the properties are posted on the DNR website at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/OtherLandTransactions/Pages/amp_tlt.aspx or go to www.dnr.wa.gov . Click on the “Leasing and Land Transactions” link, and then select the “Trust Land Transfer Program” link found under the heading, “Other Land Transactions.”
PLEASE NOTE: The meeting facility is barrier-free. Persons with a disability who need assistance or information in a different format should call Deborah Whitney, 360-902-1482, at least 10 days before the meeting for alternative arrangements. The phone number for the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service is 1-800-833-6388.
Media Contact: Bob Redling, Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, firstname.lastname@example.org .