Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange
   

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled the Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Land Exchange public hearing to July 26, 2021. As part of DNR's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will include remote access.

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. All parcels involved in this proposed transaction would remain in state ownership.
 
Location Maps and Parcel Lists
Parcel Ortho Maps
Public Hearing — July 26, 2021
DNR will hold a public hearing starting at 6 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2021, at Quilcene School District, Multi-purpose room (gym), 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. 
 
DNR has also provided a Zoom webinar option for a remote public hearing participation option. Attendees need to register in advance of the public hearing using the following link listed below. Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar and information on any optional phone information.
 
 
Written testimony must be received by August 10, 2021. 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, 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.
 
COVID Health Requirements
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directives by the Washington State Department of Health (www.coronavirus.wa.gov), DNR will practice COVID-safe entry to, and participation in, the public hearing. All participants will be required to:
  • Physically distance with at least 6 feet of separation when standing in-line for entry to the event;
  • Sit in designated seats placed a minimum of 6 feet apart (same household can share multiple seats);
  • Bring and wear a COVID-safe face mask;
  • Avoid congregating in groups while at the event;
  • Allow their temperature to be checked before entry;
  • Sign a COVID health questionnaire checklist.
DNR will provide hearing testimony locations at a safe distance from other participants. No food or drink will be allowed at this event.
 
Do not attend this event if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.