August 14, 2013
Public Invited to Offer Testimony on the Proposed Boundary Expansion for Kennedy Creek Preserve on August 28
Testimony and written comments will be shared with Commissioner of Public Lands
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on the proposed boundary expansion for the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve (NAP).
Kennedy Creek NAP is located in Oyster Bay, at the terminus of Totten Inlet, off of Highway 101 between Olympia and Shelton. The preserve currently protects 320 acres of aquatic and up-lands that include high-quality salt marsh ecosystems and habitat for shorebirds and salmon. The proposed expansion would protect an additional 33 acres of habitat along Schneider Creek.
A proposed natural area boundary imposes no change in land-use zoning, development code requirements, or any other restrictions on current or future landowners. A proposed natural area boundary is an administrative tool to indicate where DNR will work with willing property owners to expand the state-owned natural area. Privately owned lands within the boundary only become part of the natural area if DNR purchases them from a willing private seller at market value, which is determined by an independent, third-party appraisal.
| Who:|| DNR Natural Areas Program|
| What:|| Public hearing on proposed boundary expansion for the Kennedy Creek NAP|
| When:|| 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013|
| Where: || McLane Fire Station, 125 Delphi Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502|
DNR will make a record of the public testimony given at the hearing. Comments and testimony will assist the Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, with the decision either to approve or disapprove an expansion of the NAP boundary.
Written comments may also be submitted through September 4 to:
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Conservation, Recreation, and Transactions Division
ATTN: Proposed NAP Boundary Expansion
PO Box 47014
Olympia, WA 98504
Comments also may be submitted by email to: AMPD@dnr.wa.gov with the subject line, “Proposed NAP Boundary Expansion-Kennedy Creek.”
For more information on the proposed boundary expansion, please contact Michele Zukerberg at 360-902-1417 or email@example.com
Map and web links
Map of proposed boundary expansion: http://1.usa.gov/16L8xIN
Find out more about Kennedy Creek NAP at: http://1.usa.gov/17m2cSQ
DNR’s Natural Areas Program
DNR manages 55 Natural Area Preserves (NAPs) and 36 Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCAs) on more than 150,000 acres statewide. NAPs protect high-quality examples of native ecosystems and rare plant and animal species. NAPs serve as genetic reserves for Washington’s native species and as reference sites for comparing natural and altered environments. NRCAs protect lands having high conservation values for ecological systems, scenic qualities, wildlife habitat, and low-impact recreational opportunities. Environmental education and approved research projects occur on both NAPs and NRCAs.
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Natural Areas Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, firstname.lastname@example.org
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