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Public auctions for vineyard, irrigated crop, or orchard leases in Wahluke Slope area near Mattawa 
 


MEDIA ADVISORY

October 22, 2013

Public auctions for vineyard, irrigated crop, or orchard leases in Wahluke Slope area near Mattawa
Lease revenue will benefit Common School Trust

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct two lease auctions for lands in the desirable Wahluke Slope area east of Mattawa in Grant County.

The Wahluke Slope has an American Viticultural Area (AVA) designation, and irrigated crop lands in the area are highly desirable for production of wine grapes, orchard, and row crops. Recognized as one of the warmest growing regions in the state, the Wahluke Slope has gravely soils and is one of the earliest regions ready for harvest.

November 5, 2:00 p.m.
Mattawa 31SW Auction of Lease No. 12-A77930

  • 151.8 irrigable acres
  • South-facing parcel on the Wahluke Slope
  • Effective date: January 1, 2016
  • Located in Block 26, Farm Unit 6, SW4 Section 31, Township 15 North, Range 24 East, W. M.

November 13, 2:00 p.m.
Mattawa 31NE Auction of Lease No. 12-A77931

  • 159.8 irrigable acres
  • South-facing parcel on the Wahluke Slope
  • Effective date: January 1, 2016
  • Located in Block 26, Farm Units 3 & 4, NE4 Section 31, Township 15 North, Range 24 East, W. M.

Directions and web link
Auctions will be held at:
     DNR’s Southeast Region Office
     713 Bowers Road
     Ellensburg, WA 98926
     Directions: http://1.usa.gov/1cD1FRV  

View locations of parcels: http://bit.ly/19QMpyj 

For more information about available leases, to download documents, and to find out more about the public auction process, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/18ts0Rn  

Lease options
Bidders are asked to propose one of two lease options:
     Option 1: 10-year irrigated agriculture lease
     Option 2: 25-year orchard/vineyard lease

For each lease, the lessee will be required to provide above-ground improvements and infrastructure necessary to irrigate the parcel. Contact Kathleen Beach for details on the leases at 509-925-0912.

DNR-managed state trust lands
Washington’s Department of Natural Resources manages 3 million acres of trust lands, most of which were given to the state at statehood. Trust lands provide revenue for specific beneficiaries and many benefits for the public. Income from state trust lands helps fund construction of public schools statewide and supports state universities, prisons, and other institutions, along with services in many counties. Revenue-producing activities on state trust lands include:

  • Harvest of timber and other forest products
  • Leasing of agricultural lands including orchards, vineyards, row crops, dryland crops, and grazing lands
  • Leasing of communication sites and wind power sites
  • Mineral leases
  • Leasing of commercial properties

As with other Common School Trust lands, the lease revenue from these parcels will pay for kindergarten through 12th grade public schools.

Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, diana.lofflin@dnr.wa.gov  

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