A meeting Wednesday will be the first chance for the public to comment as two state agencies begin developing a management plan for the Teanaway Community Forest.
The state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife are hosting the kick-off meeting at the Teanaway Grange in Cle Elum. At the meeting, staff members will lay out a timeline and explain the public involvement process as they develop a plan for the forest in Kittitas County.
At the meeting, agency staffers will present information on the management plan process, how to contribute and how to apply for membership on the citizen-based Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee, according to a joint news release.
The Teanaway acquisition of 50,272 acres for $87 million in 2013 was the largest single land transaction in the state in 45 years, the culmination of more than a decade of collaboration involving numerous organizations and individuals. The property is Washington’s first state-managed community forest under the terms of legislation enacted in 2011, according to the news release. 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.
The forest will be managed through a partnership between the two state agencies with input from the local community and interested stakeholders.
Public meeting: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Teanaway Grange, 1361 W. Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum
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