State buying 1,700 acres of forest on Olympic Peninsula

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources is buying more than 1,700 acres of forest land north of the Quinault Indian Reservation on the western Olympic Peninsula. Purchased for $5.2 million from The Nature Conservancy, the land will add to both wildlife habitat and working forests.

The acreage will become part of the Olympic State Experimental Forest, which the Natural Resources department manages under its Habitat Conservation Plan for timber revenue to trust land beneficiaries, including the Common School Trust.

The majority of the site's standing timber will be ready for harvest in 10 to 20 years.