Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park - protected?

A few facts for those who haven't quite come to grips with the reality of permanent protections for Kah Tai:

Direct quotes from the Leader in italics:

23 June 2010 Leader article concerning a meeting that took place with Mr. David Timmons (City), Mr. Larry Crockett and Mr. Jim Pivarnik (Port), Ms. Heather Ramsay (NPS) and Mr. Jim Anest (RCO) in Seattle:

In that meeting, Anest told Timmons and Port of Port Townsend Executive Director Larry Crockett that it was the NPS’s position that all of the property is subject to the (6) (f) rule.

“So it was left that the port had to present some evidence to the contrary to get the matter resolved,” Timmons said.

When LWCF funds and required private matching support are used to create a park, it is the whole park that is provided federal 6(f) protection.  This position was made clear by a quote from NPS administrator, Heather Ramsay, provided in a June 30, 2010, Leader article: “Our position in general is when the maps are unclear, we look at who signed the contract and what they owned at the time the grant closed.” The Port was an equal applicant on the original grant, signing all relevant contacts and certainly owned the disputed parcels when the grant closed.

The posted map (click map to enlarge) is the draft ownership map agreed to by the City, RCO and  NPS and sent to the Port for a response at the end of November, 2010. That response is expected by 31 December 2010.

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