Swap in Lost Mountain Land Exchange increases access to DNR-managed lands

PORT ANGELES — A swap of 7-acre parcels at the end of Lost Mountain Road southwest of Sequim to increase access to Department of Natural Resources-managed lands in Clallam County has been approved by the agency’s board of directors.

The land DNR is receiving from the Gates family is next to timber that the agency will harvest in the next few years, according to DNR Communications Manager Kenny Ocker.

The land swap will allow DNR to have another access point for property it owns behind the Gates’ property, which will make it easier to manage and allow the family to have more continuous land elsewhere, Ocker explained at a Sept. 21 public hearing in Port Angeles.

The 7 acres of DNR-managed land was appraised as $48,400 less valuable than the Gates parcel, so the department will spend money generated from prior transactions to make up the difference.

Maps, photos and further information about the exchange are available at dnr.wa.gov/managed-lands/land- transactions/lost-mountain-land-exchange.

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