- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state board of Natural Resources has given the OK for two land transfers that will allow about $7 million to flow into public school construction projects statewide.

The board took action on Tuesday to transfer nearly 3,000 acres of state-owned forest and wetlands in western Washington into conservation status.

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark says the additions to the Stavis and Morningstar Natural Areas will send much-needed funds to the state’s public schools.

He says the transfers will also add opportunities for low-impact recreation in Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

The board authorized the state to transfer 2,445 acres of the Common School Trust land near Spada Lake into the Morning Stare Natural Resources Conservation Area in Snohomish County.

They also transferred 553 acres near Seabeck.

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