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MEDIA ADVISORY

May 31, 2013

DNR seeks input on proposed transfer of 28 acres to conservation status
Public hearing on June 12 in Naselle to review boundary

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a public hearing on June 12, 2013, in Naselle to review a proposed boundary for a new conservation area in Pacific County. The conservation area would be created through the transfer of about 28 acres of forested state trust land. Although the parcel was designated to produce revenue for Pacific County, it has been encumbered by wildlife species protections that defer the harvest of timber for 30 or more years. Following the land transfer, DNR will purchase replacement trust lands that have better potential to produce revenue for the county.

 Who:DNR Natural Areas Program

 What:

A brief overview of the proposed boundary of a Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) in Pacific County, followed by an opportunity for public comment on the proposal.
 When:June 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
 Where:Naselle Timberland Library, State Route 401 and Parpala Road, Naselle, Washington 

 Why:

 

 

The proposed Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) will be created through the designation of a boundary and the transfer of 28 acres of state forest trust lands. State forest trust lands in counties with fewer than 25,000 residents are eligible for transfer into conservation status if the lands are encumbered by a wildlife species-related timber harvest deferral of 30 years or more. Funds appropriated by the legislature for this transfer will compensate trust beneficiaries and purchase replacement lands for the trust. 
 Directions:   The Naselle Timberland Library can be located via this map link: http://goo.gl/maps/vliJR
 Web link:

A map of the proposed NRCA is on the DNR website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_na_proposed_nrca_boundary_map_pacific_county.pdf

Written comments on the proposal are welcome until the close of business on June 19, 2013. Please send comments to: Washington Department of Natural Resources, Conservation, Recreation & Transactions Division, ATTN: Proposed NRCA Boundary, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014. Comments also may be submitted by email to: AMPD@dnr.wa.gov with the subject line, “Proposed NRCA Boundary-Pacific.”

Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Communications Manager for Natural Areas, Office: 360-902-1169, Cell: 360-480-1037, or diana.lofflin@dnr.wa.gov.

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