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Public invited to evening Boundary Hearing for Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
April 21, 2011

Public invited to evening Boundary Hearing for Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area
Comments welcomed until May 16

OLYMPIA –  The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on May 4, 2011. At the hearing DNR will present a proposed expansion to the existing Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) in Snohomish County, and take public comments.

Details of Hearing

Time & Date:6:00 p.m., May 4, 2011
Location:

Snohomish County Courthouse
Public Meeting Room #1
1st Floor Admin-East, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue
Everett, WA 98201

Following an overview of the proposal, DNR will receive public testimony on the proposed change in the boundary of the conservation area. A fact sheet about the proposal is on DNR’s website: www.dnr.wa.gov , and search for “Natural Areas Program.”  (See map of proposed boundary change.)

Written comments on the proposed boundary will be welcomed until close of business on May 16, 2011, at the Olympia address below.

Morningstar NRCA
In 2007, three Natural Resources Conservation areas were unified under the name Morning Star NRCA in Snohomish County. The original 10,003-acre Morning Star NRCA is comprised mainly of extremely steep and rugged terrain, numerous small alpine lakes and glaciers with elevations from 1,600 feet to the 6,610 foot Del Campo Peak. Alaska harebell and Cooley's buttercup exist in rock crevices and cliff ledges—both state sensitive plant species. The area within the former Mount Pilchuck NRCA was added to Morning Star. This 9,606-acre area within an hour's drive of Everett is home to diverse ecological communities, from low-elevation to alpine forests and meadows. Some forest stands are about 300 years old. Now also a part of Morning Star is the former 6,700-acre Greider Ridge NRCA that features spectacular, mid-to high- elevation subalpine areas with many exposed rocks and cliffs. Silver fir and mountain hemlock forests give way to low growing huckleberry parklands. Hiking, and some camping are part of the public opportunities.

The proposed boundary addition is remnant older forests immediately adjacent to the Morning Star NRCA which will add to the conservation values, including nesting, roosting and foraging habitat for the northern spotted owl, federally listed as ‘threatened’.

Information on the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area and public hearing is available from Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources & Conservation Division, ATTN: Morning Star Boundary Hearing, PO Box 47016, Olympia WA 98504-7016; telephone (360) 902-1600.

DNR’s natural areas
Conserving Washington’s native species and ecosystems, today and for future generations
DNR manages 54 natural area preserves (NAPs) and 31 NRCAs on more than 143,000 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: Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1721, jane.chavey@dnr.wa.gov  

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