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March 19, 2014
Contact: DNR Contact: Diana Lofflin, 360-902-1023
WDFW Contact: Mike Livingston, 509-457-9325

Teanaway Community Advisory Committee meeting
to be held March 31 at Kittitas County Fairgrounds

OLYMPIA - The Washington State departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have scheduled the first Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee meeting for March 31 at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds in Ellensburg. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and WDFW Director Phil Anderson will kick off the first Advisory Committee meeting by providing remarks to the committee and public.

Originally, this meeting was scheduled to be held at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange. Due to the high level of public interest, the venue has been changed to accommodate a large crowd.

All advisory committee meetings will be open to the public.

What: Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee meeting [View meeting agenda]

When: Monday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Kittitas County Fairgrounds/Teanaway Room, 512 Poplar Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Why: DNR and WDFW are collaboratively managing the Teanaway Community Forest with significant input from the public and a community-based advisory committee.

In order to accommodate everyone, please register through the link: http://conta.cc/1fWpLLT .

To receive updates about the plan and how to get involved, subscribe to the Teanaway Community Forest e-newsletter at http://bit.ly/DNR_newsletter . For more information on the forest, visit: http://bit.ly/teanaway.

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 will be managed through a partnership between DNR and WDFW, with input from the local community and interested stakeholders.