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Port of Columbia County successfully bids on parcel to use for wetland mitigation

COURTESY OF REALTY MARKETING/NORTHWEST - The Port of Columbia County bid on parcel #7 in the auction of farmland in Columbia County.The Port of Columbia County's $452,500 bid on a plot of land up for auction last week was accepted Wednesday, Nov. 20. The port bid on the parcel to use for wetland mitigation.

If the proposed rezone at Port Westward is approved, the port will need to use wetland mitigation to offset the impact of converting that farmland into industrial use land.

The 194-acre parcel runs near portions of the Clatskanie River and Beaver Slough, north of the Stimson Lumber Mill.

It is one of a dozen parcels, totaling 3,028 acres, that were up for auction.

The poplar tree farmland is part of what was originally a 31,000-acre operation managed by Greenwood Resources Capital Management, also known as Lower Columbia Tree Farm LLC.

"The next move on the Greenwood property is to draft a proposal to the Commission for a feasibility study for the mitigation bank. That feasibility study process will be very comprehensive and will include consultant work and multiple ecological studies, so the Commission will need to vote on performing it," explained Gina Sisco, the port's public relations representative.


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