State seeks to purchase forest conservation easements

August 17, 2014

By Staff

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 17, 2014

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is seeking landowners who wish to apply for permanent conservation easements through its Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program.

Since 2002, the state of Washington has invested $3.9 million to purchase easements through the program.

This year marks the first time funding has been provided by the state Legislature since the program was revised in 2013 to include habitat for species protected by the state as threatened or endangered.

The program also allows the department to purchase easements from willing sellers whose property includes areas where a river’s active channel meanders – known as channel migration zones. These islands of timber have high ecological value to species like salmon and steelhead.

Interested landowners must apply by 5 p.m. Sept. 30. The program also accepts donations of conservation easements.

Learn more about the program by calling 360-902-1427 or email dan.pomerenk@dnr.wa.gov.

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