TEANAWAY FOREST: Sumner businessman named to committee

Mike Reimer of Sumner has been named to the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee after the resignation of the previous off-road vehicle representative.

Reimer is a small business owner, and has more than 10 years of off-road recreation experience in the Teanaway area. An avid outdoorsman, he has visited the forest to ride ORVs and mountain bike. He originally applied for a seat on the committee in March.

The state departments of natural resources and fish and wildlife are developing a community forest management plan with input from the advisory committee. The plan is due by June 30, 2015.

The Teanaway Community Forest is at the headwaters of the Yakima River watershed. Acquired in 2013 in the state’s largest, single land transaction in 45 years, the forest is the result of more than a decade of collaboration between multiple organizations and individuals. It is the first state-managed community forest under the terms of legislation passed in 2011. That law creates a model for managing state trust lands that urges communities to partner with the natural resources agency to purchase forests that support local economies and public recreation.