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DNR: BOARD OF NATURAL RESOURCES MEETS FOR FINAL SESSION UNDER LANDS COMMISSIONER BOYLE; PORT AGREEMENT, LAND EXCHANGE TOP AGENDA

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Final approval on a proposed land exchange in Whatcom County is expected when Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle chairs his last meeting of the Washington State Board of Natural Resources, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources said today. The board also will consider adopting a Model Port Management Agreement that the Department of Natural Resources has been negotiating with the Washington Public Ports Association. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 9 a.m., Natural Resources Building, Room 172, 1111 Washington Street in Olympia.
 Commissioner Boyle, who is leaving state office next week, will be replaced as chair of the six-member board by Public Lands Commissioner-elect Jennifer Belcher. Belcher was elected to the four-year Public Lands Commissioner term this past November. Dorothy Duncan, Clallam County Commissioner and former mayor of Port Angeles, also will be a new member of the board. She was unanimously selected by the Washington Association of Counties to replace Skagit County Commissioner Bill Vaux on the board to represent counties with state-managed Forest Board land. Revenue from Forest Board lands benefits county governments.
 At the Jan. 5 meeting, the board will take action on the Model Port Management Agreement. If approved, it will allow the state and individual port districts to enter into agreements to manage state-owned aquatic lands that are managed by the Department of Natural Resources.
 The board also will consider a proposed land exchange in Whatcom County between DNR and Trillium Corp. -- one of the largest exchanges in state history. The 21,000-acre transaction will substantially rewrite the ownership map along the I-5 corridor and near Lake Whatcom, in close proximity to the City of Bellingham. The DNR/Trillium 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.
 In other action, the board will consider 24 timber sales, totalling almost 65 million board feet of timber, scheduled for February 1993. The proposed sales in are in Clallam, Clark, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Stevens, Thurston, Whatcom and Yakima counties. Finally, in its role as State Harbor Line Commission, consideration will be given to relocating the La Conner harbor line.
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 /CONTACT: Peter B. Summerville or Sandi Snell of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-902-1023/


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