Public Invited to Informational Meetings on Proposed Dewatto Conservation Area
News Date: 
June 12, 2018
   

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold two public meetings on a proposed Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) in the Hood Canal area.
 
The proposed Dewatto Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) seeks protection for approximately five miles of Hood Canal shoreline, including Dewatto Bay and Little Dewatto Bay. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with our partners at the Trust for Public Land, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, and Great Peninsula Conservancy, are proposing a 1,700 acre NRCA to ensure conservation of important Hood Canal features for enjoyment by future generations. Features include lowland forests, high-functioning riparian areas, and vital nearshore and estuary habitat for fish and wildlife.
 
WHEN:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  North Mason Timberland Library (23081 NE State Route 3 Belfair, WA)
 
OR
 
WHEN:  Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Port of Dewatto Building (2501 NE Dewatto Rd, Tahuya, WA)
 
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DNR’s Natural Areas Program
DNR manages 56 Natural Area Preserves (NAPs) and 37 Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCAs) on more than 162,000 acres statewide. NAPs 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. 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.
 
DNR Leadership
In her role as Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz also oversees the Department of Natural Resources’ management of the state’s 3 million acres of state trust lands, 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, eight aquatic reserves, wildland firefighting and forest health efforts and rule oversight across 13 million acres of forested land.
 
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