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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Sept. 27, 2023

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State acquires 54 acres of land in Clark, Cowlitz counties

By , Columbian staff writer

The Washington Department of Natural Resources acquired 54 acres of forestland in Southwest Washington following the agency’s board approval in early September.

A portion of timber sales from the land will go into the state’s Common School Trust, a pool of funding dedicated to K-12 education.

DNR purchased a 40-acre parcel 20 miles east of Woodland in Cowlitz County for $230,000. The agency also received 14 acres of donated land along Buncombe Hollow Road south of Lake Merwin in Clark County. Both parcels are adjacent to or surrounded by DNR-managed land.

The transfers were two of four transactions spanning 256 acres of Western Washington forestland, the largest being in Pacific and Clallam counties.

Cowlitz and Clark counties’ parcels haven’t been DNR’s sole acquisitions in the region this summer. In July, the agency approved purchasing 114 acres in Wahkiahum County; in June, it bought 640 acres that neighbor Clark County.

Altogether, DNR manages 2.1 million acres of forestland.