State approves purchase of 460 acres of forest near North Bend
March 13, 2013
The state Board of Natural Resources approved the purchase March 5 of 460 acres of forestland in two parcels located west of North Bend.
The $1.18 million to purchase the property comes from a fund dedicated to replacing trust land in the Common School Trust, which helps build public schools statewide, according to a press release.
“This is an opportunity to protect salmon habitat and clean water in the Raging River drainage while generating long-term revenue for public school construction,” Peter Goldmark, commissioner of public lands, said in the release.
The state Department of Natural Resources will manage the land as a working forest.
The acquisition from a willing, private seller also enhances DNR’s access to working forestland on neighboring state trust lands in the Tiger Mountain-Raging River State Forest.
Eventually, the purchased land could enhance public opportunities for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and other types of nonmotorized recreation.