proposed foothills land exchange
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is interested in trading up to 6,840 acres of state trust land for approximately 9,351 acres of Green Crow managed property. This exchange involves three DNR trusts which include the Common School (benefits K-12 school construction account), Agricultural School (benefits Washington State University), and State Forest Transfer trust (supports county services). The land exchange would be for equivalent value property and the final parcel selections would occur after obtaining input from the public and completing property appraisals.
The Board of Natural Resources approved the Foothills Land Exchange and Purchase at its September 3, 2013, public meeting in Olympia.
The Board authorized DNR to exchange 5,073 acres, more or less, of State Common School and State Forest Land Trust properties in Clallam and Grays Harbor Counties for 9,117 acres, more or less, of properties owned by Green Crow Timber, LLC and Green Crow Corporation in Clallam, Jefferson and Mason Counties. DNR is also authorized to purchase 247 acres of Green Crow Timber, LLC property in Clallam County. The maps showing these proposals are listed below under "Current Proposal."
DNR objectives for this proposed land exchange include consolidating working forest landscapes to enhance and strengthen public trust lands for 21st Century sustainability and to provide key economic, ecologic, biological and social benefits to the state of Washington and its citizens. Actively managed DNR working forests provide forest biodiversity and habitat protection, open space and public access, clean air and water, revenue for the trust beneficiaries for the support of schools, universities, libraries, fire districts, emergency management services and other governmental programs, as well as to provide desirable public recreation opportunities such as bird watching, hiking, fishing, trail riding, hunting, and camping.
The properties involved are located in portions of Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties.
DNR held public informational meetings for this exchange in March 2011 in Port Angeles and Aberdeen. The SEPA Notice of Final Determination was issued on June 6, 2011. DNR had two public hearings in June 2012 to obtain public comments about this exchange. DNR has considered the public comments that were received at the two hearings and has developed a land exchange proposal and a purchase proposal for the consideration of the Board of Natural Resources.
Historic and Outdated Maps