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Open House to Kick Off Recreation Planning for Teanaway Community Forest

Washington Department of Natural Resources

The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, at the Putnam Centennial Center, 719 E. Third St., Cle Elum. DNR and WDFW personnel will introduce the planning process and record comments at several listening stations. Several members of the community forest advisory committee also plan to attend the meeting.

“The Teanaway is cherished by many Washingtonians,” said Glenn Glover, DNR’s acting statewide recreation manager. “The public’s participation will help the agencies create a recreation plan for the community forest that reflects both the public’s desire for recreation and state lawmakers’ direction for its management.”

The Legislature and Governor established the community forest in 2013 as a key element of the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan – a long-term initiative to protect and enhance the water supply of the entire basin. The recreation plan will be developed using criteria outlined in the management plan.

“Our challenge will be to make sure recreational uses are compatible with watershed protection and other values identified in the management plan,” said Mike Livingston, WDFW’s central Washington regional director.

Recreational uses in the community forest include hiking, mountain biking, motorcycling, horseback riding, and camping. The area’s fish and wildlife draw anglers and hunters, and the forest is popular with snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers in the winter. Several roads and trails connect to the adjacent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, providing access to larger landscapes for motorized and non-motorized recreation.

To learn more, submit a comment or subscribe to the Teanaway Community Forest E-newsletter at www.dnr.wa.gov/TeanawayRec. For more information, email TeanawayRec@dnr.wa.gov.

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.
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