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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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November 01, 2018
Contact: Mike Livingston, WDFW, 509-457-9325;
Sarah Dettmer, DNR, 360-902-1066

State seeks new advisory committee members
for Teanaway Community Forest

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

The 20-member advisory committee provides input to the agencies on the ongoing management of 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.

The departments will accept applications from interested citizens and nominations from organizations. Preference will be given to individuals who can speak for a broader group of stakeholders (formally or informally) and are committed to balancing the five goals of the community forest. Individuals with working forest lands or range lands background are encouraged to apply, however, all interests and backgrounds will be considered.

The new committee members will be expected to attend quarterly meetings, typically held in Cle Elum, over the next two years.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 16. Applications and submission details are available on DNR's website at Send completed applications with a resume to 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.

The next steps for the advisory committee will be to advise the agencies on habitat restoration and grazing management, foster strong engagement with the public, and begin implementing the recreation plan. Also, the agencies expect to begin developing a forest management strategy in the new year and will be seeking input from the advisory committee during the process.

Located in the Yakima River Basin headwaters, the Teanaway Community Forest is managed through a partnership between DNR and WDFW. The 50,241-acre community forest is an important source of water and wildlife habitat, as well as a statewide recreation destination in the heart of the Cascade Mountains.

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.