For Immediate Release
July 8, 2009
State Departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife to update public on proposed land exchange
Public meeting set for July 16 in Ellensburg
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a meeting in Ellensburg on July 16 to update the public about a proposed exchange of land between the two agencies.
July 16, 2009
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Hal Holmes Community Center
201 North Ruby Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926
DNR and WDFW staff will be on hand at the meeting to provide information and answer questions.
The meeting facility is barrier-free. People with a disability who need assistance or information in a different format should call 360-902-1758 at least 10 days before the meeting. The State Telecommunications Relay Service phone number is 1-800-833-6388.
Exchange would aid stewardship of lands
The goals of the proposed transaction, known as the DNR-WDFW Exchange, would consolidate state trust land ownership, increase wildlife habitat and public recreation opportunities, and provide long-term revenue to help build public schools, universities, and other public institutions. Up to 84,000 acres of state trust lands managed by DNR would be exchanged for up to 38,000 acres of WDFW-managed land. The exchange would consolidate both agencies’ ownerships and allow them to more effectively manage plant and wildlife habitats while providing for healthy and sustainable forestland and shrub-steppe lands.
The exchange may involve properties in Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima counties.
Details of the most current exchange configuration, including maps of the parcels, are on the DNR website at www.dnr.wa.gov in the “Leasing & Land Transactions” area. The web page also can be accessed at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/LandExchanges/Pages/amp_exc_wdfw_land_exchange.aspx
About the Washington State Department of Natural Resources
DNR manages about 5.6 million acres of state-owned trust forest, agricultural, aquatic and range lands, and commercial properties. DNR manages these properties to earn income to build schools, universities and other state institutions, and help fund local services in many counties. In addition to earning income, trust lands are habitat for native plant and animal species, protect clean and abundant water, and offer public recreation and education opportunities statewide.
Media Contact: Bob Redling, 360-902-1149; firstname.lastname@example.org
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