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Public hearing on proposed state trust land exchange set for this Thursday in Wenatchee 
 


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November 2, 2009

Public hearing on proposed state trust land exchange set for this Thursday in Wenatchee
Agricultural state trust land in Chelan County to be exchanged for 265-acre parcel in Franklin County

OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a public hearing to receive comment on a proposal to exchange approximately 569 acres of state trust land in Chelan County for approximately 265 acres owned by Stemilt Growers, Inc. in Franklin County. The hearing is:

DATE:            Thursday, November 5, 2009
TIME:             6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PLACE:          Wenatchee Community Center, Wenatchee, WA

Input from the public, including comments made at the hearing, will be reviewed and considered as DNR and Stemilt Growers, Inc. work to create a formal agreement to exchange parcels of equal value.

The proposed exchange, known as the Ice Harbor Exchange, would add to an existing agricultural property of the state trust in Franklin County and increase long-term revenue to the Agricultural School trust. The value of the lands to be exchanged will be determined by a market value appraisal. The Agricultural School trust land generates revenue for building construction at Washington State University.

All written testimony concerning this proposed exchange must be received by Friday, November 20, 2009, and addressed to the:
            Department of Natural Resources
            ATTN:  Ice Harbor Exchange No. 86-082602
            1111 Washington St., MS 47014
            Olympia, WA 98504-47014

Testimony may be e-mailed to exchanges@dnr.wa.gov . Please put “Ice Harbor” in the subject line. For more information, call Julie Armbruster at (360) 902-1636.

Information about the exchange, including maps of the proposed exchange lands and a draft presentation for the public hearing, are online at www.dnr.wa.gov . Look for the proposed “Ice Harbor Exchange”.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, conservation, agricultural, and aquatic lands. DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, who is the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.


Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, bob.redling@dnr.wa.gov  

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