DNR schedules June 16 hearing in Stevenson on proposed land exchange between state trusts
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June 9, 2010

DNR schedules June 16 hearing in Stevenson on proposed land exchange between state trusts
Inter-trust exchange is step for DNR to transfer forestland to a preserve in Skamania County

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing in Stevenson on June 16 to receive the public’s comments about a proposed exchange of lands between state trusts.

DATE:              Wednesday, June 16, 2010

TIME:               5 p.m.

LOCATION:    Stevenson Community Library
                        120 NW Vancouver Ave.
                        Stevenson, Washington 98648

DNR has proposed an exchange of land between state trusts that would position selected parcels of state trust land in Skamania County for a future transfer to the Columbia Falls Natural Area Preserve through the state’s Trust Land Transfer (TLT) Program.

The proposal calls for 133 acres of State Forest Trust land in Skamania County to be exchanged for equally valued Common School Trust land selected from a 646-acre parcel, also in Skamania County. Maps of the proposed transfer properties and additional descriptions will be available at the hearing and on the DNR website: www.dnr.wa.gov . The state trust that supports Skamania County public services would obtain forestland better suited to sustainable long-term revenue production. In exchange, a parcel of forested state trust land with poor revenue-producing potential could become eligible for inclusion in a state nature preserve.

Comments welcome until June 23
Written comments about the exchange are welcomed and must be received by 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Send comments to DNR, Asset & Property Management Division, ATTN: TRUST LAND TRANSFER, Inter-Trust Exchange No. 86-085297, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014, or e-mail to: Trust_Land_Transfer@dnr.wa.gov .

Comments will be considered by DNR in developing a final exchange proposal. A summary of testimony along with the exchange proposal will be presented to the Board of Natural Resources at a regularly scheduled meeting.

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DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, 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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