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DNR AWARDS FIRST EVER WETLAND STEWARDSHIP GRANTS; SEVEN WETLAND PROJECTS TO BENEFIT FROM $1.3 MILLION

 DNR AWARDS FIRST EVER WETLAND STEWARDSHIP GRANTS;
 SEVEN WETLAND PROJECTS TO BENEFIT FROM $1.3 MILLION
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Commissioner of Public Lands Brian Boyle has announced the first recipients of wetland stewardship grants, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said today. Seven wetland projects will receive a total of $1.3 million from the new grant program created by DNR. The projects are in King, Thurston, San Juan, Mason, Cowlitz and Clark counties.
 "We are awarding grants for wetlands that are not currently protected by public ownership," Boyle said. "We are not only investing in the site, but also in the educational benefits for today and for future generations."
 Money for these grants is distributed from the agency's Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA). DNR generates income for ALEA through its management of state aquatic lands -- mostly from aquatic land leases and geoduck sales.
 "This is a creative example of good stewardship -- earning income from natural resources and reinvesting in the resource for the benefit of the environment and the public," said Boyle.
 All ALEA stewardship grants provide for acquisition of wetlands and require the development of management and education plans to ensure their sustained viability. Public access is encouraged where appropriate. The grant awards:
 KING COUNTY
 - Greenwood Park, Lake Sammamish
 ALEA Grant: $200,000 Total Project Cost: $2 million
 Sponsor: King County Parks Division Office of Open Space
 This 19-acre parcel adjacent to Lake Sammamish State Park has a high potential for use due to is visibility and location. Future site development will be limited to trails and signs. The future of the wetland was immediately threatened with plans for commercial or condominium development.
 - South Carnation Marsh, Snoqualmie River
 ALEA Grant: $150,000 Total Project Cost: $162,000
 Sponsor: King County Resource Planning and Audubon Society
 King County will purchase 67 acres, of which 95 percent is a category 1 wetland, on the Snoqualmie River near Carnation. The Audubon Society, which owns an adjacent 80-acre parcel, will manage the site as part of the complete 147-acre wetland. Future development plans include parking on the upland portions of an integrated trail system.
 SAN JUAN COUNTY
 - Fishermans Bay, Lopez Island
 ALEA Grant: $200,000 Total Project Cost: $496,000
 Sponsor: San Juan County Land Bank
 This 22.5-acre site has an 8-acre, relatively pristine, category 1 estuarine wetland. A boardwalk and turnout benches are proposed for the site, along with a covered signboard with educational brochures and interpretive signs. The property abuts state-owned tidelands and could provide upland access to about 2,300 feet of public tidelands. The San Juan County Land Bank has a strong environmental management mandate that will require establishing a $40,000 trust fund to ensure sustainable management of the site.
 THURSTON COUNTY
 - Lake Lois Wetlands
 ALEA Grant: $181,000 Total Project Cost: $204,935
 Sponsor: City of Lacey
 This 11-acre site includes 3.6 acres of open water and 3.7 acres of wetlands on Lake Lois in the Lacey city limits. It's a high-quality type II wetland in the Henderson Inlet watershed. The city will fund education and management plans, as well as future trail development. Amenities will be provided at an adjacent city park.
 MASON COUNTY
 - North Bay, Case Inlet
 ALEA Grant: $109,086 Total Project Cost: $109,086
 Sponsor: Mason County
 This acquisition of 34 acres includes uplands and former oyster tract lands. The site is one of the few remaining undeveloped waterfront parcels in North Bay. Management of this wetland would directly promote shellfish production in Case Inlet and aid in the recertification of North Bay while protecting valuable habitat. The site will be used by the community, including schools and the county, to demonstrate water quality control through wetland management. A viewing platform and sanitation facilities are planned.
 COWLITZ COUNTY
 - Silver Lake Wetlands
 ALEA Grant: $200,000 Total Project Cost: $490,000
 Sponsor: Washington State Parks
 The 175 acres for this grant abut Seaquest State Park/Mount Saint Helens Visitor Center. The U.S. Forest Service will develop and maintain the site through a joint agreement with State Parks. Public use is expected to be extremely high, with the completion of the nearby Spirit Lake Highway. Several themes will be developed in the education plan for this area, which is visited by out-of-state and international visitors, as well as by Washington teachers and their classes.
 CLARK COUNTY
 - La Center Bottoms, East Fork Lewis River
 ALEA Grant: $265,000 Total Project Cost: $320,000
 Sponsor: Clark County and La Center
 This 100-acre wetland is located immediately south of the town of La Center on the East Fork of the Lewis River. This property, which was on the market, was threatened by conversion and loss of the wetland. Interpretive signs are planned. Future plans call for a trail system and habitat enhancement and restoration, including coho-rearing ponds to re-establish natural runs in Breeze Creek.
 -0- 9/22/92
 /CONTACT: Sandi Snell of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: SU:


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