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October 13, 2016
Contact: DNR contact: Eryn Akers, 360-902-1066
WDFW contact: Mike Livingston, 509-457-9325

Open house to kick off recreation planning
for Teanaway Community Forest

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to share ideas about the future of recreation in the Teanaway Community Forest at an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Cle Elum.

The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are developing a recreation plan with significant input from the public and a community-based advisory committee.

The open house will provide an introduction to the planning process, which was outlined in the agencies' 2015 management plan for the 50,241-acre forest, located in the Yakima River Basin headwaters. The management plan is available at http://file.dnr.wa.gov/publications/em_tcf_managementplan.pdf

The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, at the Putnam Centennial Center, 719 E. Third St., Cle Elum. DNR and WDFW personnel will introduce the planning process and record comments at several listening stations. Several members of the community forest advisory committee also plan to attend the meeting.

"The Teanaway is cherished by many Washingtonians," said Glenn Glover, DNR's acting statewide recreation manager. "The public's participation will help the agencies create a recreation plan for the community forest that reflects both the public's desire for recreation and state lawmakers' direction for its management."

The Legislature and Governor established the community forest in 2013 as a key element of the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan – a long-term initiative to protect and enhance the water supply of the entire basin. The recreation plan will be developed using criteria outlined in the management plan.

"Our challenge will be to make sure recreational uses are compatible with watershed protection and other values identified in the management plan," said Mike Livingston, WDFW's central Washington regional director.

Recreational uses in the community forest include hiking, mountain biking, motorcycling, horseback riding, and camping. The area's fish and wildlife draw anglers and hunters, and the forest is popular with snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers in the winter. Several roads and trails connect to the adjacent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, providing access to larger landscapes for motorized and non-motorized recreation.

To learn more, submit a comment or subscribe to the Teanaway Community Forest E-newsletter at www.dnr.wa.gov/TeanawayRec. For more information, email TeanawayRec@dnr.wa.gov