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


October 15, 2013
Contact: WDFW: Ted Clausing, WDFW Regional Wildlife Manager, 509-457-9313
DNR: Jessica Payne, Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator, 360-902-1066

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Community input sought on
Naneum recreation options
Draft recreation planning concepts
ready for public feedback

OLYMPIA - The Washington State departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host two community meetings in October to receive public input on two preliminary recreation management options for the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation Plan.

Community feedback and ideas will be help the agencies make sound decisions as they plan how to achieve sustainable recreation opportunities for the next 10 to 15 years.

Interested parties are invited to attend the following community meetings:

  • Ellensburg: October 23 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St.
  • Wenatchee: October 24 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave.

A recreation planning committee representing various recreational users and landowners has been working for more than a year with a DNR and WDFW project team to identify recreational options in the planning area. Attendees at the October meetings will learn about the progress that has been made on these efforts and will have the opportunity to review and comment on two options for recreational development.

The 230,000-acre recreation area covers portions of Kittitas and Chelan counties and includes the Naneum Ridge State Forest managed by DNR, along with the Colockum Wildlife Area and the Quilomene and Whiskey Dick units of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, managed by WDFW. The area is within 30 minutes of both Wenatchee and Ellensburg and extends from the eastern boundary of the Wenatchee National Forest to the Columbia River.

Learn more about Naneum Ridge to Columbia River recreation planning efforts here: http://1.usa.gov/1anZQEM

Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR's primary responsibility is to manage state trust lands for future generations. In addition, as a steward of public lands, DNR also works to protect the natural resources that support the trust. DNR must balance these obligations with providing enjoyable, safe, and sustainable recreation opportunities.

Recreational opportunities on DNR-managed lands include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, boating, and more. DNR's main recreation focus is to provide dispersed recreation on trails, trailhead facilities, and primitive experiences in a natural setting.

WDFW's Mission to Manage Recreation Sites Sustainably
WDFW is committed to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and habitat while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. The partnership between WDFW and DNR in creating the Naneum Ridge recreational plan will support WDFW's mission by providing high-quality recreational experiences through public involvement and resource stewardship.