October 8, 2012
DNR designation of 80 acres to conservation status subject of hearing
Public comment to be taken on proposal
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on October 11, 2012, to review a proposed boundary for the creation of a natural resources conservation area (NRCA)and transfer of about 80 acres of state lands currently managed as Common School Trust lands. At some future time, DNR will use the proceeds from the transfer to purchase replacement trust lands with higher revenue-producing potential.
| Who:||DNR Natural Areas Program|
| What:||Public Hearing. Following a brief overview of the proposed boundary of a natural resources conservation area near the community of Ashford in Pierce County, DNR will receive public testimony on the proposal. View map.|
October 11, 2012, 6 p.m.
Written comments are welcomed until close of business on October 25, 2012. Send to: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region, ATTN: Kelly Heintz, 950 Farman Avenue North, Enumclaw, WA 98022. Or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Proposed NRCA Boundary.”
|Where:||Ashford Fire Station, 29815 State Route 706, Ashford, WA 98304|
|The proposed NRCA will be created with the transfer of state-owned Common School Trust lands. This forested parcel is predominately Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western red cedar ranging in age from 140 to 220 years, with a few trees estimated to be 400- to 600-years old. The property is within a larger area protected by conservation easements managed by the Nisqually Land Trust. The Common School Trust will benefit by replacing this difficult-to-manage forested parcel with productive, income-producing land.|
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DNR-Managed Conservation Lands
DNR manages 55 natural area preserves (NAPs) and 31 natural resources conservation areas (NRCAs) on more than 149,000 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.
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