Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange

Proposed Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange 86-100443
(An Exchange of Trust Designations)

DNR proposes to exchange approximately 826 acres of State Forest Land trust holdings (Exchange Parcels A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H) near Quilcene in Jefferson County for equal-valued parcels of Common School Trust forest land (portions of Exchange Parcels CS1 to CS16) also located near Quilcene. If completed, this re-designation of trust land tracts would allow for the future transfer of approximately 826 acres into the DNR-managed Dabob Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area. Trust Land Transfer program funding from the Legislature will compensate the Common School Trust for the value of the property transferred into the Dabob Bay NRCA, and DNR may also use some awarded grant funding from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.. All parcels involved in this proposed transaction would remain in state ownership.
Location Maps and Parcel Lists
Parcel Ortho Maps
Public Hearing — February 28, 2023
DNR will hold a public hearing starting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Quilcene School District, Multi-purpose room, 294715 U.S. Hwy. 101, Quilcene, WA 98376. The purpose of the hearing is to provide information and receive public testimony on the proposed Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange, which is solely an exchange of trust land designations. DNR will also share information about the Dabob Bay Trust Land Transfer project. 
Written testimony must be received by March 15, 2023. DNR encourages written testimony from interested parties. Attendance at this meeting is not required to testify regarding this exchange, and written testimony is equivalent to in-person verbal testimony. Please mail written testimony to: DNR, Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange, Attn: Bob Winslow, P.O. Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014, or email to: Exchanges@dnr.wa.gov. For more information about the proposal, contact Project Manager, Bob Winslow at 360-480-7803.
Purpose of The Inter-Trust Exchange
As directed by the 2019-2021 Trust Land Transfer legislation and the 2021-23 re-appropriation of these funds together with Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office grant funds, Parcels A through H are proposed to be transferred into the Dabob Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, where they would be managed for recreation, wildlife habitat, or open space uses consistent with the management plan for this natural area. A portion of the Dabob Bay TLT property is currently managed as State Forest Land, which helps support Jefferson County and its sub-taxing districts. Only Common School Trust properties may be transferred through the TLT program, but state law permits DNR to propose inter-trust exchanges to meet the needs of the trust beneficiaries.
How an Inter-Trust Exchange Works
A Common School Trust property is selected for an inter-trust exchange. A market valuation is then completed to determine the value of the Common School Trust parcels and an equivalent value of State Forest Land Trust property. After conducting a public hearing about the proposed exchange of trust designations, DNR may propose an equal-value exchange to the Board of Natural Resources, which is responsible for final decisions on these types of transactions.
Do not attend this event if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or recent exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.