June 1, 2011
Public hearing on the proposed boundary expansion for Admiralty Inlet NAP
Expansion will help protect threatened golden paintbrush
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on June 15, 2011, to review a proposed boundary expansion of Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve (NAP). DNR will present a 60-acre expansion proposal for the NAP boundary and will take public comments.
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust, which co-owns the existing 33-acre NAP with DNR and provides management of the site, also will be at the hearing.
Who: DNR Natural Areas Program
When: Hearing at 6:00 p.m., June 15, 2011
Where: Auditorium A, SPU Camp Casey Conference Center, 1276 Engle Road, Coupeville, Island County, Washington.
What: Public Hearing: A presentation of a proposal to establish an expanded boundary for the Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve—locally also known as the Naas Preserve. Following the overview of the proposal, DNR will receive public testimony on the proposed preserve boundary. A fact sheet about the proposal is on DNR’s website: www.dnr.wa.gov. Search the website for “Natural Areas Program.”
Written comments on the proposed preserve boundary: Welcomed until close of business on June 20, 2011. Send to Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources & Conservation Division, ATTN: Admiralty Inlet Boundary, PO Box 47016, Olympia, WA 98504-7016; Phone (360) 902-1600. Or, comments may be emailed to email@example.com, with the subject line ‘Admiralty Inlet Boundary Comment.’
Why: Proposed Boundary Expansion for Admiralty Inlet (Naas) NAP
The existing 33-acre NAP supports one of only 12 populations of golden paintbrush remaining in the world. It is listed as “threatened” with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act, and is also considered endangered and critically imperiled in the state by the Washington State Natural Heritage Program. This preserve is of particular importance because most of the other sites are less than one acre in size, while the Admiralty Inlet (Naas) NAP includes about 25 acres of golden paintbrush habitat. As a part of managing the preserve, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust is actively restoring the prairie and golden paintbrush habitat.
The proposed expansion was officially approved in June 2010 by the state’s Natural Heritage Advisory Council. DNR staff and the Council identified the entire 60-acre expansion area as a high priority for conservation because it contains another, separate golden paintbrush population and an older forest plant association, both of which are identified in the State of Washington Natural Heritage Plan as high priority conservation features.
Privately-owned lands within the proposed boundary would be acquired for natural areas management by purchase from willing sellers. In this instance, the sole landowner is Seattle Pacific University, which is supportive of this proposal. Lands within the boundary would be jointly owned by DNR and Whidbey Camano Land Trust, as with the existing Admiralty Inlet NAP.
Media Contact: Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1721, firstname.lastname@example.org
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