For Immediate Release
July 14, 2011
DNR to host open house for proposed Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve
Public input encouraged on Draft Management Plan for proposed aquatic reserve
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an open house for the draft Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Management Plan in Olympia as part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The meeting will provide information about the purpose of the plan and collect public input.
Who: Washington State Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Reserves Program.
What: Open House for the draft Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Management Plan.
When: Friday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Nisqually Reach Nature Center, 4949 D'Milluhr Drive NE
Why: As part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process.
The proposed Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve is recognized for its unique aquatic landscapes, aquatic vegetation, and diversity of fish and wildlife. The site was proposed for protection by the Nisqually Reach Nature Center and a draft management plan was created to identify the natural resources, habitats, and species 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 Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Management Plan can be submitted in person at the open house or to the DNR SEPA Center by August 12, 2011, at firstname.lastname@example.org , or PO Box 47015, Olympia, Washington, 98504-7015.
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
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark administers the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
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