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

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August 02, 2017
Contact: Eryn Couch, DNR, 360-902-1066
Mike Livingston, WDFW, 509-457-9325

State seeks new advisory committee member for
Teanaway Community Forest; Applications accepted through Aug. 18

OLYMPIA – The Washington state departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are seeking applicants for a vacant position on their citizen-based Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee.

The 20-member advisory committee provides input to the agencies as they develop a recreation plan to guide long-term recreation opportunities and access for the community forest. The committee represents the interests of governments, communities and stakeholder groups and reflects the priorities of the broad cross-section of Washingtonians who cherish the forest. Scott Gray, Roslyn City Council member and mountain bike enthusiast, recently resigned after serving a two-year term, representing the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and local community interests.

The departments will accept applications from interested citizens and nominations from organizations. To balance recreation interests on the committee, the agencies will prioritize individuals who belong to an organized mountain bike group (or who mountain bike) and live in Kittitas County. The new committee member will be expected to attend monthly meetings, typically held in Cle Elum, over the next two years.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 18. Applications and submission details are available on DNR's website at dnr.wa.gov/Teanaway. Send completed applications with a resume to teanaway@dnr.wa.gov or by mail to 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926, Attn: Larry Leach. For more information, contact Larry Leach, DNR Assistant Region Manager for State Lands, at 509-925-0924 or Mike Livingston, WDFW Regional Director, at 509-457-9325.

Teanaway Community Forest: An enduring partnership

The forest is managed through a partnership between DNR and WDFW, with input from the advisory committee, the local community and interested stakeholders. The plan will lay a foundation for the preservation and development of recreation opportunities consistent with watershed protection, the Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan and other priorities identified by state lawmakers.

The 2013 acquisition of the community forest lands was the single largest Washington state land transaction in 45 years and reflected more than a decade of collaboration.

The property is Washington's first state-managed community forest under the terms of legislation enacted in 2011. That law empowers communities to partner with DNR to purchase forests to preserve land in danger of conversion, and to support local economies and public recreation.

Acquisition of the Teanaway 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.