Hantwick Land Exchange Proposal Hearing Scheduled for June 28
News Date: 
June 15, 2022
   

Exchange would facilitate future transfer of lands to Clark County for public park; meeting will allow for remote participation

 
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is planning a public presentation and hearing June 28 in Battle Ground to discuss a proposed inter-trust exchange that would allow for the future transfer of 80 acres of land to Clark County to create a public park around a portion of the Moulton Falls Trail south of Yacolt.
 
For those who choose to not participate in person, a Zoom webinar option is available for remote participation. Attendees need to register in advance of the public hearing.
 
DNR proposes to exchange 80 acres of land that supports the Common School Trust, which is managed to fund K-12 school construction across Washington state, for 202 acres of equal-valued State Forest Land in the area that is managed to support local services in Clark County. All parcels involved in this proposed transaction would remain in state ownership.
 
The transaction would allow for a subsequent reconveyance of the 80 acres to Clark County to create a public park along part of the Moulton Falls Trail, while keeping the Common School Trust whole financially.
 
Under state law, only State Forest Trust properties may be transferred through the reconveyance mechanism, but state law permits DNR to propose inter-trust exchanges to meet the needs of the trust beneficiaries.
 
The meeting will be held at the Battle Ground City Hall Council Chambers, 109 SW First St., Battle Ground, beginning at 6 p.m. June 28. Remote attendees must register in advance of the hearing at tinyurl.com/Hantwick-Hearing; once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to join the webinar, as well as optional information to join by phone.
 
Written testimony must be received by July 12, 2022. Please mail written testimony to: to the Department of Natural Resources, Product Sales and Leasing Division, Attn: Hantwick Inter-Trust Land Exchange, P.O. Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014, or email to: Exchanges@dnr.wa.gov. For more information about the proposal, contact Project Manager Deb Whitney at 360-995-3181 or deborah.whitney@dnr.wa.gov.
 
 
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.
 
DNR will provide hearing testimony locations at a safe distance from other participants. No food or drink will be allowed at this event.
 
All prospective attendees are asked to stay home if they 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.
 
 
Candidate Land Exchange Properties
Common School Trust to State Forest Transfer Trust: Sec. 15, T4N, R3E, W.M., Clark County, Washington; comprising up to 79 acres, more or less.
 
State Forest Transfer Trust to Common School Trust: Secs. 21, 23, 24, T4N, R3E, W.M., Clark County, Washington; comprising up to 205 acres, more or less.
 
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Kenny Ocker
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360-810-1217