By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

DNR land: bounty and bane for land lessees

 

March 27, 2019

Contributed

OUT STANDING IN THE FIELD: Solar panels and cows will be a common sight in parts of Klickitat County-but many land owners are angry with the DNR about its habit of abruptly ending leases.

New energy projects are poised to bring big bucks into Klickitat County, even as how they get here provokes sharp anger for some.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, head of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced on March 6 the first lease of state trust lands for solar power. DNR has granted a 40-lease of 480 acres thirty miles east of Goldendale, just west of Bickleton, to Avangrid Renewables of Portland for a 150-megawatt solar power project consisting of 30 solar modules. The plant is part of the company's proposed Lund Hill Project, which would be located on approximately 1,800 acres on a mix of land leased from private landowners and DNR. The pr...



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