CLE ELUM, Wash. — The Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife are seeking applicants through Feb. 14 for a Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee.
The committee will advise DNR and WDFW in development of a management plan for the 50,272-acre Teanaway Community Forest that DNR bought last fall from American Forest Holdings of New York for $100 million.
The purchase is intended to save the land from potential development and is to lead toward more irrigation water for farmers and ranchers as part of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.
The committee will begin meeting this winter in Kittitas County and will advise the two departments on a management plan for to be completed by June 30, 2015.
The committee is to include local residents with a wide range of interests including agriculture and land conservation. It also is to include the Kittitas County Commission, Yakama Nation and state Department of Ecology. The departments also will seek public comment.
Committee member will be asked to make significant time commitments. More information and application forms: http://bit.ly/teanaway.
— Dan Wheat