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Media Advisory

January 11, 2012

Public Hearing on proposed boundary expansion of Mima Mounds NAP

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on the proposed boundary expansion for Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (NAP.)  The overview and hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m., January 25, at the Littlerock Fire Station, 10928 Littlerock Road, SW.

Who: DNR Natural Areas Program  

What:

 

Public Hearing on proposed expansion of Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve boundary. Before the hearing begins, a brief review of the boundary proposal will be presented by program staff along with a brief overview of natural area designation and management.  
When: 7:00 p.m., January 25, 2012
Where: Littlerock Fire Station, 10928 Littlerock Road, SW 

Why:

 

 

The proposed boundary expansion has been recommended by the Washington State Natural Heritage Advisory Council, a citizen review panel that helps to guide DNR’s conservation programs. Privately-owned land within the proposed boundary would be acquired for natural areas management by purchase from a willing seller. In this instance, a single, private landowner owns the roughly 100-acre parcel and is supportive of this proposal. Lands purchased within the boundary would be owned by the state and managed by DNR as part of Mima Mounds NAP.
After the hearing, the Program will submit a boundary recommendation for review by the Commissioner, who may accept, modify or reject the proposal. All comments received by DNR will be included for the Commissioner's review.

Written comments welcomed
Those interested in providing written comments may do so. Written testimony must be received by DNR at 5:00 p.m., February 10, 2012, and addressed to:

Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Pacific Cascade Region
ATTN: Mima Mounds Boundary Hearing
PO Box 280, Castle Rock WA 98611-0280

You may mail comments to roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov  with the subject line ‘Mima Mounds Boundary Hearing.’

Information about the Natural Areas Program is on DNR’s website: www.dnr.wa.gov

Natural Areas
DNR manages 54 natural area preserves (NAPs) and 31 natural resources conservation areas (NRCAs) on more than 145,000 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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