“This purchase is important for wildlife habitat, clean water and long-term sustainable income to build public schools statewide,” said Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands.
Known as the Mount Walker acquisition, the forested parcel lies along US 101, most of it between the highway and Dabob Bay to the east. The majority of the property contains maturing timber that will be ready for harvest in the next 10 to 20 years. Funds for the purchase come from the sales of other trust lands that were not suited to produce long-term income for the trust.
In other actions at today’s meeting, the Board authorized DNR to:
· Purchase a 1.8-acre lot on the southern tip of Tiger Mountain State Forest for $110,000. The acquisition will provide DNR improved long-term access to harvestable timber it manages to support construction at Washington State University. Funds for the purchase come from the sale of other trust lands not suited for producing income for the trust.
· Sell 3.5 acres to the city of Zillah for $70,000. The city has leased the trust land since 1969 to house its sewage treatment facility. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase other properties for the Common School Trust.