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MEDIA ADVISORY

November 25, 2013

Proposed Mount Si NRCA expansion will protect important forest lands for conservation
Public hearing scheduled for December 11

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing December 11, 2013 on the proposed boundary expansion of Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA).

Members of the public who attend will learn about the process and have an opportunity to submit public comments about the proposed boundary expansion.

 Who:DNR Natural Areas Program
 What:Public hearing on proposed boundary expansion for Mount Si NRCA
 When:Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 Where:  

US Forest Service Snoqualmie Ranger Station, Conference Room 902, SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045

 Why:

Provide information and take public comments on proposed changes to Mount Si NRCA.
Comments on the proposal will be accepted at the public hearing.

View map of proposed expansion area: http://1.usa.gov/1cIsGSD

The proposed boundary expansion will include 161 acres of state trust lands manage by DNR to create a contiguous block of protected land benefitting wildlife and the public. No privately owned lands are included within this proposed boundary expansion.

DNR would later transfer the trust lands within this expanded boundary to conservation status and purchase other revenue-producing lands for the Common School Trust, which funds public school construction statewide.

Submit public comments
Written comments may be submitted through December 20 to DNR South Puget Sound Region, Natural Areas Program at 950 Farman Avenue N., Enumclaw, WA 98022, or emailed with the subject line “Mount Si NRCA Boundary Hearing” to: kelly.heintz@dnr.wa.gov

For more information, please contact DNR Natural Areas Manager, Kelly Heintz at 425-466-6145. 

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 that have 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: Jessica Payne, DNR Communications Manager, 360-902-1066, jessica.payne@dnr.wa.gov  


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