Board Approves Department of Natural Resources’ Purchase of More Southwest Washington Forestland

Washington Department of Natural Resources
July 5, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved the Department of Natural Resources’ purchase of 119 acres of forestland in Wahkiakum County during its meeting Wednesday morning. The parcel, 14 miles northeast of Cathlamet, will be managed as part of DNR’s Elochoman State Forest, which is adjacent to the property’s north, south and east. It will be managed to raise revenue to support Wahkiakum County services. The $495,000 purchase price was paid with funds awarded to DNR by the Legislature to help replace lands encumbered by habitat requirements under the Endangered Species Act. “Acquiring these high-quality working forests in Wahkiakum County will increase our future revenue potential, ensure this land remains forested, and make the management of state lands easier by providing permanent access,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who oversees DNR.

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