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August 21, 2014

Public comment invited on proposed expansion of Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct two public hearings on September 3 in Seabeck concerning the expansion of the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). DNR manages NRCAs for conservation, wildlife habitat and low-impact recreation uses.

Who:Interested members of the public
What:Public hearings about expansion of the Stavis NRCA, exchanging lands between state trusts, and transferring state trust land into the Stavis NRCA
When:6 p.m., September 3, 2014
Where:   Crosby Chapel Church, 16404 NW Church Road, Seabeck, WA 98380

Two Hearings Scheduled
The first hearing, beginning at 6 p.m.,
will provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on a proposal to expand the Stavis NRCA’s boundary by about 900 acres. The boundary expansion would allow DNR to make purchase offers for privately owned lands west of the conservation area. DNR acquires lands only from willing sellers based on a market price determined by an independent appraisal. An NRCA boundary expansion is an administrative action that imposes no change in land-use zoning or development code requirements, nor any other restrictions on landowners. Privately owned lands within the boundary would only become part of the conservation area if their owners sold them to DNR.

Immediately following the boundary expansion hearing, DNR will conduct a hearing on the proposed Stavis Inter-Trust Land Exchange, which would trade trust land designations between several parcels of DNR-managed land in Kitsap County. The exchanges would allow DNR to transfer about 550 acres of state trust land to the Stavis NRCA as authorized by the 2013-2015 Trust Land Transfer legislation.

Written comments accepted
DNR is accepting written comments about the proposed Stavis NRCA boundary expansion until 5 p.m. on September 19, 2014. Please send comments about the boundary expansion to: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Kelly Heintz, 950 Farman Avenue North, Enumclaw, WA 98022 or email with the subject line “Stavis Boundary Proposal” to: kelly.heintz@dnr.wa.gov.

DNR is accepting written comments about the proposed Stavis Inter-Trust Exchange until 5 p.m., September 19, 2014. Please send comments about the inter-trust exchange to: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Stavis Inter-Trust Exchange, Attn: Bob Winslow, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014 or email with the subject line “Stavis Trust Exchange” to: Exchanges@dnr.wa.gov.

Public comments will assist Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark in deciding whether or not to approve the Stavis NRCA boundary expansion. A summary of hearing and written comments about the proposed Stavis Inter-Trust Exchange and trust land transfer will be presented to the Board of Natural Resources in advance of their decision about the proposals. 

Maps
Find a map of the proposed Stavis NRCA expansion at: http://bit.ly/StavisBoundary  

Find maps, legal descriptions and other information about the parcels proposed for the exchange of trust designations and transfer of state trust lands into the Stavis NRCA at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/LandExchanges/Pages/amp_exc_stavis_exchange.aspx  

Proposed Stavis NRCA expansion area
The proposed Stavis NRCA expansion area involves the following areas: Sections 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, T24N, R2W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington.

Inter-trust exchange property descriptions
State Forest Land Trust property – The following parcels would change from State Forest Land Trust to Common School Trust as part of the exchange between trusts: portion of Sections 30 and 31, T25N, R1W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington.

Scientific Trust property – The following parcel would change from Scientific Trust to Common School Trust as part of the exchange between trusts: portion of Section 2, T24N, R2W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington.

Capitol Trust property – The following parcel would change from Capitol Trust to Common School Trust as part of the exchange between trusts: portion of Section 12, T24N, R2W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington.

Charitable, Educational Penal and Reformatory Institution (CEP&RI) property – The following parcel would change from CEP&RI Trust to Common School Trust as part of the exchange between trusts: portion of Section 12, T24N, R2W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington.

Common School Trust property – The following parcels would change from Common School Trust to State Forest Land Trust, Scientific Trust, Capitol Trust or CEP&RI Trust as part of the exchange between trusts: portions of Sections 15, 16, 17 and 21, T24N, R1W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington. 
 
Trust Land Transfer property descriptions
Stavis Trust Land Transfer property – Portions of the following parcels would transfer into the DNR-managed Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area through a Trust Land Transfer funded by the 2013 Legislature: Portions of Sections 30 and 31, T25N, R1W; portion of Section 2, T24N, R2W; portions of Section 12, T24N, R2W, W.M., Kitsap County, Washington. 

DNR’s Natural Areas Program
DNR manages 55 Natural Area Preserves (NAPs) and 36 Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCAs) on more than 151,000 acres statewide. NAPs protect high-quality examples of native ecosystems and rare plant and animal species. 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: Bob Redling, senior communications manager, 360-902-1149, bob.redling@dnr.wa.gov  

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