Input Needed for Protection Island Aquatic Reserve
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an open house for the draft Protection Island Aquatic Reserve Management Plan in Port Townsend as part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The meeting, to be held on Wednesday, October 6, at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., from 6 to 8 p.m., will provide information about the purpose of the plan and collect public input.The open house will start with two presentations: one about the DNR aquatics program, and the other about species and habitats that are crucial to the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve. Following will be an hour designated for individual "listening posts" where the public can learn more about specifics of the plan and have opportunities to ask questions and offer input.The proposed Protection Island Aquatic Reserve is recognized for its unique aquatic landscapes, aquatic vegetation, and diversity of fish and wildlife. The draft management plan was created to identify the natural resources, habitats, and species within the proposed reserve, and the proposed uses, future threats, and management actions that will be carried out by DNR to protect these resources.Comments on the Draft Protection Island Aquatic Reserve Management Plan can be submitted in person at the open house or to the DNR SEPA Center by October 15, 2010, at
, or PO Box 47015, Olympia, Washington, 98504-7015.
DNR-Steward of state aquatic lands
As steward of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, DNR manages the bedlands under Puget Sound, the coast, many of Washington's beaches, and natural lakes and navigable rivers. DNR manages these lands not only to facilitate navigation, commerce, and public access, but also to ensure protection of aquatic habitats. State-owned aquatic lands include:
- About 68,100 acres of state-owned tidelands, or 106 square miles
- 90,000 acres of harbor areas
- All submerged marine