Public hearing planned to discuss Mount Si NRCA expansion

A public hearing to discuss the expansion of Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Areas is scheduled for Nov. 10.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Ranger District Conference Room, 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources scheduled the meeting that will offer information and collect public input on the expansion of the current boundaries. The 7,119-acre expansion would allow acquisition of privately owned lands. In a statement released Tuesday, the DNR said it “acquires lands only from willing sellers, based on market price determined by an independent appraisal.

“An NRCA boundary expansion imposes no change in land-use zoning, development code requirements, or any other restrictions on landowners. It is an administrative action to designate where DNR will work with willing property owners to expand the state-owned natural area. Privately owned lands within the boundary only become part of the conservation area if they are sold to DNR.”

Written comments are also accepted through 5 p.m. on Nov. 24. Written comments should be sent to Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Kelly Heintz, 950 Farman Avenue North, Enumclaw, WA 98022; or email with the subject line, “NRCA Boundary Proposal” to kelly.heintz@dnr.wa.gov.