proposed harmony land exchange #86-090884
DNR is interested in trading approximately 750 acres of State trust land for up to 817 acres of property managed by Jorgensen Timber, LLC. All of the properties are located in Lewis and Thurston counties. This exchange involves two State trusts: the Common School Trust (benefits K-12 school construction) and the State Forest Land Trust (supports Lewis County services). The land exchange would be for equivalent-value property. The final selection of parcels would occur after obtaining input from the public and completing property appraisals.Purpose
DNR objectives for this proposed land exchange include consolidating State trust lands to create sustainable forest landscapes, enhance trust road access, improve natural resource land management efficiencies, enhance marketing of forest products on trust lands, and provide for wildlife habitat consistent with the department’s trust lands Habitat Conservation Plan.
Actively managed DNR working forests provide forest biodiversity and habitat protection, open space and public access, clean air and water, and revenue for trust beneficiaries to support schools, libraries, fire districts, emergency management services and other government services. State trust lands also provide desirable public recreation opportunities such as bird watching, hiking, fishing, and hunting.Public Hearing Scheduled
The public is invited to attend a public hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., March 18, 2014, at Centralia College, Room 103 – Washington Hall, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, WA. Comments may also be submitted in writing but must be received by DNR no later than 4:30 p.m., April 2, 2014. Mail written comments to DNR, Harmony Land Exchange, Attn: Bob Winslow, P.O. Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014 or email to Exchanges@dnr.wa.gov
DNR and Jorgensen Timber, LLC are in the early phase of exploring this potential land exchange. At this time DNR wishes to share information and obtain feedback from the public at the public hearing scheduled for March 18, 2014. The final decision regarding this land exchange will be made by the Board of Natural Resources at one of its scheduled meetings after public input has been received, parcel valuations completed, and an exchange proposal presented to the board.