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Learn about, and comment on long-term stewardship of Dockton Forest, Feb. 5

Summary

King County invites Vashon-Maury Island residents to attend a public meeting Feb. 5 to learn about and comment on forest stewardship recommendations for the long-term health of 120 acres of Dockton forestland.

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King County invites Vashon-Maury Island residents to attend a public meeting Feb. 5 to learn about and comment on forest stewardship recommendations for the long-term health of 120 acres of Dockton forestland.

The meeting is set for 7-8:30 p.m. at the McMurray Middle School, 9329 Cemetery Rd. SW.

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is preparing a Forest Stewardship Plan for Dockton Forest. The plan provides management recommendations to help guide the long-term stewardship of the forest through a series of adaptive forest practices, such as tree thinning, to improve forest health and promote plant and animal biodiversity.

The plan includes 43 acres of former Washington State Department of Natural Resource lands that were acquired by the county in late December. King County had been managing the Douglas-fir plantation under a 25-year lease with the state. 

Once the county took ownership of the adjacent 250-acre Glacier mine site, now called the Maury Island Natural Area, King County approached the state and successfully acquired the 43-acre site.

The acquisition completes the final transfer of state lands to county ownership. In 2004, the state transferred 200 acres at Island Center Forest and 20 acres in Dockton to King County. 

For information about the plan and the meeting, please contact David Kimmett at 206-477-4573 or by e-mail at david.kimmett@kingcounty.gov.