OLYMPIA – The Board of Natural Resources today authorized the purchase of an 80-acre parcel of forestland on the Olympic Peninsula. The parcel, which is zoned as commercial forest, will be purchased from a private seller for $250,000. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will manage the acreage for plant and wildlife habitat and as a working forest to produce long-term revenue for the Common School Trust, which supports public school construction statewide.
Known as the West Siebert Creek parcel, the new acquisition is adjacent to a larger block of state trust land that also is managed by DNR. Funds for the purchase will come from previous sales of other state trust lands that no longer met DNR’s revenue and habitat management goals.
Sustainable harvest calculation discussed
Also at today’s meeting, Board members discussed the Western Washington Sustainable Harvest Calculation, which determines the level of future timber harvests on more than one million acres of state trust lands west of the Cascade Mountains. Board members expressed their desire for public input and thorough environmental review of the calculation. The Sustainable Harvest Calculation is designed to ensure sustainable revenue is produced from trust lands while sustaining healthy forest ecosystems and habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Board of Geographic Names
During today’s meeting, the Board briefly adjourned to meet as the state Board on Geographic Names, a function assigned to it by the state legislature, to consider proposals from the public. The new official geographic names and locations are:
Meyer Creek in Pierce County (Township: 21N, Range 1E, Section 2): This previously unnamed 0.5-mile-long stream flows into Lay Inlet at the town of Rosedale, 2.5 miles west of the City of Gig Harbor. The name commemorates R. B. Meyer, who purchased a 49-acre parcel in 1928 to establish a dairy farm.
Golden Point in San Juan County (Township: 34N, Range 3E, Section 11): This previously unnamed 8-acre cape is located along the southern coast of San Juan Island, just inside the boundary of San Juan Island National Park, and on the east side of Eagle Cove. The name is intended to describe how the point looks at sunset.
Lee Island in San Juan County (Township: 34N, Range 3W, Section 4): A previously unnamed island located at the mouth of False Bay, San Juan Island. The name commemorates Emelia “Lee” Bave, an active community member who owned the property across from this island from the early 1950s until her death in 2008 at age 97.
Dickenson Cove in Thurston County (Township: 19N, Range 1W, Section 6): A previously unnamed cove, east of Dickenson Point, three miles northeast of the community of Boston Harbor. The name commemorates Thomas Dickenson who was a carpenter’s mate on an 1841 United State exploration expedition to the area.
Greenfield Creek in Thurston County (Township: 19N, Range 1W): A previously unnamed three-quarter-mile-long stream that flows into Puget Sound, northeast of the community of Boston Harbor. The name refers to location of the creek’s headwaters at a home site known informally as Greenfield Farm.
Longs Pond in Thurston County Township: (18N, Range 1W, Sections 15 & 22): A previously unnamed lake of approximately 11 acres in Woodland Creek Community Park in the city of Lacey. The name designation, which was requested by the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation Department, fulfills a verbal commitment the city made to honor the family of the property’s previous owner, Gil Long.
Washington State Board on Geographic Names
The State Board on Geographic Names is authorized by state law to establish the official names for lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns, and other geographic features of Washington State. Names approved by the Board are published in the Washington Administrative Code and forwarded to the United States Board on Geographic Names for federal consideration.