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DNR: AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE REACHED ON PROPOSED 21,000-ACRE LAND EXCHANGE IN WHATCOM COUNTY

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR):
 DNR/Trillium Accord Near I-5 and Lake Whatcom
 Sets Stage for Broader Transaction that Benefits Public
 In one of the larger land exchanges in state history, an agreement in principle has been reached between Trillium Corp. and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources on a proposed exchange of more than 21,000 acres of forest land which will substantially rewrite the ownership map in Whatcom County near the City of Bellingham. The pending agreement includes significant properties around Lake Whatcom; Chuckanut, Black, Slide and Stuart mountains as well as Van Zandt Dike.
 The exchange sets the stage for a separate transaction initiated by Whatcom County that involves State Parks, DNR, Whatcom County, the City of Bellingham and the Trust for Public Lands, with coordination provided by the Whatcom County Land Trust. Under this transaction, the city, county and state parks will purchase from Trillium additional acreage atop Chuckanut Mountain to be added to Larrabee State Park.
 A 300-plus-acre historic homestead near Acme -- with approximately one and one-half miles of river-front property along the south fork of the Nooksack River -- is a gift to Whatcom County. In addition, Trillium also will provide a separate gift to the county of approximately two miles of railroad grade frontage on the east side of Lake Whatcom.
 Final details of the DNR/Trillium exchange, which includes a total of about 100 separate properties in Whatcom County, are currently being worked out. Long-term benefits of the exchange include better natural- resource management and enhanced public access.
 "It is significant that the two largest non-federal land owners in Whatcom County are involved in this trade which goes so far in protecting invaluable public resources," said Rand Jack, representative of the Whatcom County Land Trust. "It represents a new era of responsible, cooperative land management in the county. Trillium has been generous and flexible throughout the negotiations."
 "Excellent cooperation between Trillium and DNR was enhanced by great support from Whatcom County and the Whatcom County Land Trust," said Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle. "This is a significant step forward that will help maintain an outstanding natural resource base for generations of Whatcom County residents. Trillium has shown tremendous commitment to this community throughout these negotiations."
 As proposed, the exchange will include approximately 11,700 acres of Trillium-owned land that will become DNR land, and 9,300 acres of DNR land that will be moved to Trillium's ownership. The state Board of Natural Resources must approve all land exchanges and will review the proposal at its Jan. 5, 1993, meeting. By law, the properties being exchanged must be of approximate equal value.
 One land parcel that will be a gift from Trillium Corp. to the DNR includes 840 acres along Smith Creek. Other gift parcels to the DNR include 60 acres of land and timber on the west "end" of Olsen Creek and a narrow strip of land and timber totaling 20 acres on the east side of Chuckanut Mountain.
 While Public Lands Commissioner-elect Jennifer Belcher has not reviewed the specific details of the proposed exchange, she supports the intent of the exchange and has been briefed about the overall proposal.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A separate fact sheet is available that provides a description of each land parcel in the DNR/Trillium exchange. Contact Peter Summerville at DNR./
 /CONTACT: Peter B. Summerville of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-902-1023; or Rand Jack of Whatcom County Land Trust, 206-592-5169/


CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources; Trillium Corp.;
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