October 5, 2012
Public hearings on Trout Lake NAP proposed boundary expansion
Evening meeting October 17 at Trout Lake Public School
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold two public hearings: one on the proposed boundary expansion, and the other on the proposed transfer of state-owned trust lands at Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve (NAP). Both public hearings will be held on the evening of October 17 at Trout Lake Public School.
Who: DNR Natural Areas Program and DNR Trust Land Transfer Program
What: Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve (NAP) Boundary Hearing
Inter-Trust Exchange Hearing
When: 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Where: Trout Lake Public School, Home Education Room, 2310 Highway 141, Trout Lake, Washington
Why: DNR is proposing to expand the outer boundary of lands eligible to be included in Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve (NAP). This proposal enables a planned transfer of state-owned trust lands adjacent to the existing preserve. See map.
No additional privately owned land is planned for inclusion in the natural area.
The current approved boundary for the NAP encompasses 2,361 acres, while DNR currently owns 1,840 acres within that boundary and manages those lands for conservation. The October 17 meeting will include a boundary hearing to add about 170 acres of state trust lands to the northern end of the preserve. A second hearing is for the proposed “inter-trust exchange” (DNR # 86-088428) to effect the transfer of state-owned trust lands. This proposed inter-trust exchange is an exchange of land trust designations only. The trust land parcels in Klickitat County next to the Trout Lake NAP currently are designated Normal School Trust. They will be exchanged for the equal valued trust parcels, also in Klickitat County, currently designated Common School Trust, the only trust that can participate in the Trust Land Transfer Program.
Both hearings will begin with short overviews by DNR staff, followed by questions and answers, and then public testimony.
The proposed boundary expansion was recommended by the Washington State Natural Heritage Advisory Council, a citizen review panel that helps to guide DNR’s conservation programs. The Washington State Legislature has provided funding for the pending transfer of state trust lands through the Trust Land Transfer Program at DNR. For proposal materials, go to www.dnr.wa.gov , Leasing & Land Transactions, Land Exchanges.
Written testimony will be accepted until October 26, 2012.
Comments on the Trout Lake NAP boundary expansion can be addressed to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Southeast Region Natural Areas Program, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org , with “Trout Lake NAP Boundary” in the subject line.
Comments on Inter-Trust Exchange No. 86-088428 can be addressed to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Asset & Property Management Division, ATTN: Karrie Knesal, Trout Lake Inter-Trust Exchange, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014, or emailed to email@example.com .
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. Natural area preserves 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. Natural resources conservation areas 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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