Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program
The Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program acquires permanent forestland conservation easements between landowners and the State of Washington. The lands eligible for this program are essentially islands of timber along rivers or streams that tend to migrate or abruptly change channels, also called channel migration zones. The program also includes forestland identified as habitat of state recognized threatened and endangered species. Since 2002, when funding first became available, 16 easements have been purchased that protect important habitat. Unfortunately, at this time the Program is unfunded.
Notice of Intent to Submit an Application
The Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program could provide a positive experience for Washington State forest land property owners who own land that is also habitat for threatened and endangered species. DNR would like to provide an opportunity for property owners to show the level of interest in this program. We are asking landowners who may be interested in applying to the program to submit a Notice of Intent form. The completed forms will help DNR to gauge the overall level of interest in the Program. [The brief online Notice of Intent is for informational purposes only; it is not an application to the Program.]
Submit a Notice of Intent Online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RHOSP