Community forest seeking money
TEANAWAY — The Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife will return to state legislators in January to ask for $471,000 to help implement the Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan, according to a news release from the state agencies.
Last year the agencies asked for approximately $2 million in operations funding. They received less than 15 percent of the request.
Due to limited 2015-17 budget funding, the agencies have not been able to undertake some high priority actions, and day-to-day efforts have been primarily focused on health and safety issues, according to the release.
The additional requested funding would allow the agencies to hire one full-time employee to partner with organizations that can help implement the Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan, perform initial forest health, wildlife and recreation studies, manage grazing leases and start recreation planning and make basic landscape improvements.
For seamless management, DNR also will request the capital funds required to transfer 5,160 acres of Common School Trust land inholdings to the Community Forest Trust, according to the release.
The Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee will meet next from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Road W., Cle Elum.