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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

ARCHIVED NEWS RELEASE
This document is provided for archival purposes only.
Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

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February 02, 2015
Contact: DNR: Eryn Akers, 360-688-6940, Eryn.Akers@dnr.wa.gov;
WDFW: Bruce Botka, 360-902-2262, Bruce.Botka@dfw.wa.gov

DNR, WDFW plan for growing recreation
from eastern Cascade Range to Columbia River

New recreation plan adopted

OLYMPIA - The Washington state departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced the release of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation and Access Plan. The collaborative recreation plan encompasses 230,000 acres of DNR and WDFW lands that stretch from the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range to the Columbia River.

The plan addresses recreation in the Naneum Ridge State Forest, managed by DNR, the Colockum Wildlife Area, and the Quilomene and Whiskey Dick units of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, managed by WDFW.

The recreation plan culminates a 3-year planning process and collaborative effort between the agencies, local user and community groups, and a volunteer advisory committee, which included members from a wide range of interests. Committee members donated more than 1,200 hours of volunteer time in 20 public meetings.

"The public played an integral role," said Brock Milliern, statewide recreation manager for the agencies. "By planning proactively we can ensure that recreation develops here in a way respects the local desire to maintain rural and agricultural activities, meets the agencies' needs, and expands sustainable recreation and economic opportunities for the public and surrounding communities."

The plan will guide DNR and WDFW in sustainable management of the recreation planning area for the next 10 to 15 years.

"This was a huge effort by the committee members, the public and the agencies to find balance among competing interests for fish, wildlife, land management and compatible recreation," said Mike Livingston, regional director for WDFW. "This plan sets us up to achieve that balance."

Recreation Opportunities

As the plan is implemented, DNR and WDFW will continue to consult with local groups to expand safe and sustainable recreation opportunities for the public and surrounding communities.

Opportunities include:

  • Providing and maintaining the Green Dot road network, which offers a system for public vehicle and off-road vehicle use and access to recreation opportunities throughout the planning area. WDFW will offer more Green Dot roads on its lands in Kittitas County.
  • Providing trail opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking in the forested portions of the Naneum Ridge State Forest and the Colockum Wildlife Area, including a north-south trail in the northern and western sections of the planning area that will offer greater access to recreation.
  • Providing off-road trail opportunities for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and 4X4s, through discussion with user groups and the public.
  • Developing a non-motorized winter trail system and a new non-motorized parking area in the Stemilt Basin area.
  • Continuing to provide snowmobile access in the planning area.
  • Improving road and trail linkages to public land west of the planning area, including the Wenatchee National Forest.
  • WDFW plans to pursue partnership opportunities with local governments and non-profit organizations to design, develop, manage and maintain a shooting range facility.

View the final adopted plan: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/RecreationPlanning/Pages/amp_rec_naneum_rec_planning.aspx.

Recreation lands managed by DNR and WDFW

DNR manages its working forests to sustainably generate income for land trust beneficiaries. Likewise, WDFW is committed to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and habitat. In these roles DNR and WDFW both seek to protect water quality, preserve critical wildlife habitat, and, where viable, enable access for recreation purposes.