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DNR to host open house in Coupeville for proposed Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve  
 


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August 12, 2010
 
DNR to host open house in Coupeville for proposed Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve
The draft management plan for the proposed aquatic reserve will be addressed and public input encouraged

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting an open house for the Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve Draft Management Plan, Tuesday, August 24, in Coupeville as part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) public comment period. The meeting, which will be held at the Coupeville Recreational Hall, 901 Northwest Alexander St., Coupeville, WA 98239, from 6 to 8 p.m., will detail information about the purpose of the plan and welcome input from the public.

The open house will start with two presentations about the biodiversity and ecosystem of the proposed aquatic reserve. Following will be an hour designated to individual “listening posts” that will allow interested parties to hear about specific issues of the plan and allow opportunities to ask questions and provide input.

The proposed Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve is recognized for its unique aquatic landscapes, aquatic vegetation, and diversity of fish and wildlife. The draft management plan was created to identify the natural resources, habitats, and species existing within the proposed reserve, and the proposed uses, future threats, and management actions that will be carried out by DNR to protect these resources.

Comments on the draft Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve Management Plan should be submitted to the SEPA Center at sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov , or PO Box 47015, Olympia, Washington, 98504-7015 for distribution to the responsible official for the proposal.

The direct link to the draft Smith and Minor Island Aquatic Reserve Management Plan is www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/aqr_draft_smithminor_plan.pdf  

DNR-Steward of state aquatic lands
As steward of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, DNR manages the bedlands under Puget Sound, the coast, many of Washington’s beaches, and natural lakes and navigable rivers. DNR manages these lands not only to facilitate navigation, commerce, and public access, but also to ensure protection of aquatic habitats. State-owned aquatic lands include:

  • About 68,100 acres of state-owned tidelands, or 106 square miles
  • 90,000 acres of harbor areas
  • All submerged marine lands below extreme low tide—that’s 3,430 square miles of bedlands under navigable waters, as well as freshwater shorelands and bedlands

Peter Goldmark, who administers the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.

Media Contact: Abbey Corzine, Communications Specialist, 360-902-1401, abbey.corzine@dnr.wa.gov  

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