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DNR to host open-house for Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve in Bellingham 
 


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May 27, 2010
 
DNR to host open-house for Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve in Bellingham
The draft management plan for the 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 Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Draft Management Plan, Monday, June 7, in Bellingham as part of the SEPA public comment period. The meeting, which will be held at the Fairhaven Branch of the Bellingham Public Library, 1117 12th St 98225, 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 host presentations from experts on nearshore ecology and Cherry Point Herring. Following the presentations, interested parties will have the opportunity to discuss specific issues of the plan with DNR staff.

The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is recognized for its unique aquatic ecosystem, located in the Strait of Georgia, in northern Puget Sound. The reserve includes unique aquatic landscapes, aquatic vegetation, and a diversity of fish and wildlife. The management plan was created to identify the natural resources, habitats, and species existing within the Cherry Point Reserve, and the proposed uses, future threats, and management actions that will be carried out by DNR to protect these resources.

The direct link to the proposed plan is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/AquaticHabitats/Pages/aqr_rsve_cherry_point.aspx

Comments on the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Management Plan should be submitted by June 24, 2010 to the SEPA Center at sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov, or PO Box 47015, Olympia, Washington 98504-7015 for distribution to the responsible official.

DNR-Steward of state aquatic lands
As steward of the 2.6 million acres of state aquatic lands, DNR manages the bedlands under Puget Sound and 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 habitat. 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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