August 31, 2011
Public hearing September 22 in Northport on proposed boundary for Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve
Comments will be welcomed until end of September
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing in Northport at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 2011. At the hearing, DNR will present a proposed boundary for the Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve (NAP) and will take public comments.
|Who: ||Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Natural Areas Program |
|When ||6:30 p.m., September 22, 2011 |
|Where: ||Northport Public Schools, Northport, WA, 408 10th Street, lunch room |
Public Hearing on a proposal to establish the boundary of Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve. Following an 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 for “Natural Areas Program.”
Written comments on the proposed preserve boundary will be accepted until close of business on September 30, 2011. Send comments to Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources & Conservation Division, ATTN: Trombetta Canyon Boundary, PO Box 47016, Olympia, WA 98504-7016; or comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Trombetta Canyon Boundary Comment.”
Proposed Trombetta Canyon NAP
Trombetta Canyon is a striking geological feature, consisting of a dry, cliff-sided canyon incised in a raised limestone formation, with no apparent source of flowing water to have formed it. The limestone cliffs provide habitat for two rare and other limestone-dependent plant species. The canyon’s location and topography protect habitat for a variety of other organisms, particularly those that may be adapted to limestone substrates. Isolation of this site offers an uncommon opportunity for study of ecological processes without human-caused effects.
Trombetta Canyon proper lies just 2 miles southeast of Northport, Washington, in Stevens County. The canyon is almost entirely within the west half of Section 16, in Township 39 North, Range 40 East, with a bit of land in Sections 17, 9 and 8.
The Natural Heritage Advisory Council recommended acquisition in March 26, 2008, and proposed a preliminary site boundary. A summary of comments will be given to the Commissioner of Public Lands prior to his decision as to whether to establish the natural area preserve.
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