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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
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Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

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November 21, 2014
Contact: DNR: Carrie McCausland, 360-902-1523
WDFW: Bruce Botka, 360-902-2262

Public invited to discuss Teanaway Community Forest
management priorities at Dec. 4 open house

OLYMPIA – The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the development of a management plan for the state-owned Teanaway Community Forest during an open house Dec. 4 near Cle Elum.

The public meeting will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Swauk Teanaway Grange, 1361 W. Ballard Road.

The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are working with a citizen advisory committee to develop a management plan for the 50,272-acre forest. The committee has met nine times since March and helped the departments hold a similar open house in late June. The plan will receive further public review next spring, and the completed plan will be published next summer.

During the Dec. 4 open house, participants will be able to talk with agency personnel and advisory committee members about the objectives and strategies that will guide management of the forest, including ongoing community involvement. They also will have an opportunity to share their views on specific strategies identified for watershed protection, fish and wildlife habitat, and forestry and grazing.

The state Legislature authorized the purchase of the forest in 2013 from American Forest Holdings LLC. The forest is a key piece of the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan – a long-term initiative involving private and public stakeholders to protect and enhance the water supply of the entire Yakima River basin.

In authorizing the Teanaway purchase, lawmakers said the forest must be managed to:

  • Protect and enhance the water supply and protect the watershed;
  • Maintain working lands for forestry and grazing while protecting key watershed functions and aquatic habitat;
  • Maintain and, where possible, expand recreational opportunities, consistent with watershed protection;
  • Conserve and restore vital habitat for fish and wildlife; and
  • Support a strong community partnership to advise DNR and WDFW about ongoing forest management.

For more information about the Teanaway Community Forest, visit http://www.dnr.wa.gov/teanaway.