Welcome back to the Teanaway! The Dept. of Natural Resources and Dept. of Fish and Wildlife need small volunteer groups to help lay down the cattle-exclusion fencing before heavy snow sets in. This will be our second year tackling the fences, and we’ve learned just how much ground determined volunteers can cover!
Community Forests are working landscapes where communities partner with land managers to preserve the forest and uses they love. The Teanaway Community Forest demonstrates how conservation, sustainable forestry and community partnership goals can be achieved. This beautiful 50,241-acre landscape lies at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed. The state purchased the land in 2013 with funding provided by the Legislature and established Washington’s first state-owned community forest. The forest contains nearly 400 miles of free-flowing streams and prime habitat for fish and wildlife. It has a history of grazing and timber harvests and offers unique recreation opportunities.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is collaboratively managing the Teanaway Community Forest with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) with significant public input from a community-based advisory committee. The collaborative has developed the Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan and recently completed a Recreation Plan. Community engagement is needed to help meet the goals of these plans! Join DNR and their partners to restore the landscape and maintain recreation amenities for everyone to enjoy.