A new interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies has been posted online by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
The map, at publiclands.smartmine.com, allows people to click on a location and learn which agency owns the land, the number of acres, the main use of the land and the cost of acquisition if acquired within the past 10 years.
Information is provided on land owned by cities, counties, the federal government and three state agencies -- the State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
The public can search government-owned parcels by owner and principal land use. In addition, details about acquisition grants are linked to the interactive map.
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"This is the first time public lands information has been brought together in an electronic format easily accessible by the public," said Kaleen Cottingham, Recreation and Conservation Office director. "This map will be very useful to people who want to see what's happening in their communities and to government agencies for planning purposes."