Getting or renewing an Aquatic Lands Lease with the DNR?
Start early, use these sample leases as a guide – and stay in touch!
There are a number of our yacht clubs which lease the aquatic lands they sit on from the state Department of Natural Resources. For any of you who have such a lease and are coming up on a renewal – and for those of you who may be entering into a lease – we have some sample leases provided by the DNR as a guidepost for all of you.
As background, the DNR at one point in Fall 2014 was going full speed ahead with a proposed federally-designated "Habitat Conservation Plan" (HCP) for all of its aquatic lands. RBAW Members were among the first to review the HCP and adamantly oppose what we viewed as a number of costly and unweildy impacts from such an HCP. We ultimately teamed up with the NW Marine Trade Assocaition (NMTA), Ports, and representatives of business, forestry, agriculture, and shipyards to oppose the HCP, which the DNR ultimately abandoned. Since then, the RBAW and NMTA have worked to establish a regular dialogue and relationship with DNR, including regular quarterly meetings and a "no surprises" policy.
One thing we asked the DNR for is some sample leases that have been previously negotiaed, so that we can offer our members guidance when they go into negotiations over a lease or lease renewal. You can find four sample leases here – with only names and specific property designations redacted.
For those of you entering into lease or lease renewals with DNR, we would recommend:
1) Start early, and ask for a meeting with a DNR representative. The sooner you can establish contact with DNR and understand expectations, the better;
2) Know what is in these leases, and ask hard questions about anything that would exceed what you see in these leases;
3) Be ready to ask tough questions about anything in a proposed lease that seems excessively costly or burdensome. We at RBAW will be asking a technical expert to review these leases and tell us if any of the provisions appear to be inappropriately integrating previous (and never-agreed-to) HCP provisions.
4) Let us know if you are facing difficulties or something seems out of whack! President Paul Thorpe – firstname.lastname@example.org; 1st VP Wayne Gilham – email@example.com; 2nd VP Drew Erickson – firstname.lastname@example.org; Treasurer Loyd Walker – email@example.com; State Lobbyist Doug Levy – Levy4@msn.com
We hope you find this to be of help and assistance for your leases.
Paul Thorpe, RBAW President
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