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


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July 02, 2014
Contact: WDFW: Bruce Botka, 360-902-2262
DNR: Bob Redling, 360-902-1169

New member announced for Teanaway
Community Forest Advisory Committee

Mike Reimer will represent off-road vehicle users on the 20-member committee

OLYMPIA - The Washington State departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have appointed Mike Reimer to the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee after the resignation of the previous off-road vehicle (ORV) representative.

"We think the appointment of Mike Reimer will be a great fit to represent both family and ORV interests in the Teanaway," said Byron Stuck, president of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance. "Mike has vacation property in the area and frequently visits the Teanaway with his family."

Mike is a small business owner from Sumner with more than 10 years of off-road recreation experience in the Teanaway. He is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys the forest on ORV or mountain bike.

Mike originally applied for a seat on the committee in March.

DNR and WDFW are developing a community forest management plan with significant input from the community-based advisory committee. The plan is due by June 30, 2015.

Washington's First State-Managed Community Forest

The Teanaway Community Forest is located at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed. Its acquisition in 2013 was the largest, single land transaction by Washington State in 45 years and reflects more than a decade of collaboration involving many organizations and individuals. The property is Washington's first state-managed community forest under the terms of legislation enacted in 2011. That law established a model for managing state trust lands that empowers communities to partner with DNR to purchase forests that support local economies and public recreation.

Acquisition of the property was a key step in implementing the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, an initiative developed by a coalition of public and private organizations to safeguard the basin's water supply, restore fisheries, conserve habitat, preserve working lands, and enhance recreational opportunities.

The forest is managed through a partnership between DNR and WDFW, with input from the local community and interested stakeholders.