Leasing Washington State Trust Lands

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This DNR-managed trust land parcel in Kittitas County has multiple leases for different uses.

There’s more to state trust lands managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) than leasing for grazing, irrigated and dryland agricultural activities. Trust lands are used for a wide variety of other revenue-producing purposes authorized through special use and commercial leases. For instance, the parcel pictured here, in Kittitas County, is leased for use as a communication site, grazing land and wind power generation.

Special events uses also are possible to authorize on trust land. DNR considers a wide variety of proposals for the use of state land, provided the use is in the best interest of the trust’s beneficiaries.

If you would like to explore opportunities to lease state lands or have questions about use authorization, contact a DNR Region office to speak with your local DNR land manager.

Find more information, including an online lease opportunity viewer, on the DNR Leasing State Trust Lands for Agriculture and Grazing web page.

by Chad Unland, Manager, Agriculture Administration Unit, DNR Southeast Region

Grazing Lease Auction Dates Set

Grazing land available to lease in Northeast Washington. Watch for these auctions dates:

April 19, 2016

Grazing Lease No. 10-090715 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction which contains 160 acres in Ferry County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 10:00 a.m. on April 19, 2016, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Northeast Region Office, 225 S. Silke Rd., Colville, WA 99114. View the bid packet. For more information, contact Brian Derting or Tim Gallagher at (509) 684-7474.

May 5, 2016

Grazing Lease No. 10-089633 is a ten-year lease offered at sealed bid public auction which contains 1,470.92 acres in Ferry County. Sealed bids must be received no later than 10 a.m. on May 5, 2016, at which time they will be opened at DNR’s Northeast Region Office: 225 S. Silke Rd., Colville, WA 99114. View the bid packet. For more information, contact Brian Derting at or Tim Gallagher at (509) 684-7474.

Drought Impact Survey

Dry river bedWashington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is seeking input from the agriculture community associated for a drought economic impact study related to the events of 2015. WSDA has developed an online survey for those who wish to participate.

As stated on the survey website, WSDA will “use the information to prepare an economic assessment of the 2015 drought impacts and better target future drought funding and support.”The deadline to complete and submit the brief online survey has been extended to June 2016.

Take the Drought Impact Survey

DNR’s Agriculture and Water Program Seeking Agricultural Section Manager

Excellent opportunity available to join DNR’s Agriculture and Water Program team. The Agriculture Section Manager position is based out of the Pasco field office located in DNR’s Southeast Region. The position is a senior level recruitment advertised as WMS2, salary range: $5,008 – $6,391. Recruitment is open through April 17, 2016. Questions? Please contact Randy Niessner at phone number (509)925-0941/randy.niessner@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.

See the position advertisement

DNR Offers Electronic Payment Options for Lessees

wire transfer imageThe Department of Natural Resources offers lessees the option to remit payments electronically through automated clearinghouse (ACH), or wire transfer payments. If you are interested in this option and would like to obtain the necessary form contact DNR’s Office of Finance, Budget and Economics at (360) 902-1250 and ask for accounts receivable.