FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2013
Board approves expansion of Trout Lake Natural Area in Klickitat County
More than 153 acres of forest to gain conservation status
OLYMPIA – The state Board of Natural Resources today approved a transfer of state trust land that will add 153.2 acres of ecologically important lands to the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve (NAP) in Klickitat County.
“With this action by the Board, we can better protect rare plant habitat, older forest and wetlands at Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve while sending $1.4 million to public schools for construction projects,” said Commissioner of Public Land Peter Goldmark.
Funding for the transfer of the Common School Trust lands into the Trout Lake NAP comes from the legislatively appropriated capital budget. The $1.4 million value of timber on the transferred parcel will be deposited into the state’s public school construction account via the Trust Land Transfer Program. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which manages state trust lands, will use the $174,000 value of the parcel’s land to purchase other revenue-producing lands for the Common School Trust, which funds public school construction statewide.
DNR seeks to transfer lands into conservation status as Natural Area Preserves when it is desirable to protect rare plants, animals and native ecosystems. The 1,733-acre Trout Lake NAP was established in 1995 to protect habitat for several species, including the Oregon spotted frog and several plant species.
DNR-Managed Conservation Lands
The DNR Natural Areas Program manages 90 sites totaling more than 150,000 acres to protect high-quality examples of native ecosystems, rare plant and animal species, and other conservation values.
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