FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2010
2010 State Trust Land map now available
Statewide map includes state, federal and local major public lands
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the release of the popular map of Washington State and its 3 million acres of state trust lands. This is the only statewide map that details the state trust lands—each trust’s lands are represented in a different color—as well as other lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“The State Trust Lands map features not only the state trust lands, but locates major parks, natural areas, federal forests and other public ownerships and is a useful resource for Washington’s citizens and visitors,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “The narrative side of this map helps us tell the important story about how DNR sustainably manages the state’s precious natural resources for the trusts and the public.”
Both sides of the 24 X 41½-inch map are filled with information. The detailed map shows the extent, distribution and location of land ownerships. In addition, there is clear information that helps the viewer read the map.
The narrative side of the colorful map includes generous photos with brief features on many of the activities that DNR carries out for the state trusts and for natural resources on behalf of the public. Captured are briefs about new conservation areas, habitat improvement projects, fire fighting, creosote log cleanups, and so much more.
Typically updated about every five years, the map can be viewed online here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/Maps/Pages/major_public_lands_map.aspx
You can also order the map online for $3.50 or pick up a free copy at one of DNR’s regional offices throughout the state or the Natural Resources Building in Olympia (locations are listed on www.dnr.wa.gov ).
DNR lands steward and natural resource protector
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages more than
5.6 million acres of state lands:
- 2.9 million acres of state trust lands, including forest, range, agricultural land, and commercial properties that earn revenue to build public schools, universities, prisons, and other state institutions, and help fund Westside county services and the State General Fund, earmarked for education.
- 2.6 million acres of ‘aquatic’ lands: the lands under Puget Sound and the coast, many beaches, and navigable natural lakes and rivers statewide.
- 130,000 acres of natural areas that protect rare and threatened species as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington, and offer opportunities for study and research, and low-impact public use where appropriate.
- Provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands.
- Administers Forest Practices rules and surface mine reclamation on state and private lands.
- Gives technical assistance for forestry and mining.
- Provides financial and grant assistance to local communities and individuals.
Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
Media Contact: Aaron Toso, Director of Communications & Outreach, 360-902-1023, firstname.lastname@example.org
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