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Old 06-02-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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Thumb Teanaway Community Forest - give your input on how it should be used

WA bought the land for Teanaway Community Forest a little while back, and the management committee is still figuring out how they want to use it. See these notes from their May meeting:


So let them know (if) you'd like to have the roads and trails opened to your motorized vehicles! They are soliciting feedback via this online form - doesn't get much easier than this for submitting.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K82Q3RP

Their interim rules are here. You can also observe their meetings, next is June 12th at Swauk Teanaway Grange.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:50 AM   #2
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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Steve justham and the NMA are fighting to get offroad motorcycling included in the plan.

We can use your help.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:32 PM   #4
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Would be awesome if they allowed some motorized use but not expecting that. Just want them to keep their efforts to DNR land and leave all the present USFS trails the way they are.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:49 PM   #5
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Sent my comments in today:
1) Much of the TCF is surrounded by private land/farms. Almost all how posted to prevent access via their land. Even Power line roads have been gated off and posted......We need access, not matter which user group we are with: hunters, horse riders, mtn bikers, hikers, mushroom pickers, etc.

2) I am upset with their lingo of "Illegal trails" they refer to. Many of these trails are game trails. Back into the late 1800's they were access to mines. Later, many old-timers from Cle Elum talk of using those trails a teenages to walk to their jobs in the hayfields in the Teanaway - (Rather than play with their Xbox all day?)

After that, trials were used by locals to ride horses, hunt, fish, mushroom pick, etc.....

It was only when the Railroad/timber compaines started to log did they limit motorized access in certain areas......

So, these are not "Illegal Trails".....Established just as trails have been for years on DNR land (which this now is).......

I started riding dirt bikes up there in 1970 and was up very recently, but not on an "ORV'......KTM has a plate on it........

All should send input please.....
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:04 AM   #6
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Would be awesome if they allowed some motorized use but not expecting that. Just want them to keep their efforts to DNR land and leave all the present USFS trails the way they are.
The anti-ORV people will not stop until we are eradicated.

Some of the same people that supported HB1632 (limited road use for quads) are working hard to keep us out of Teanaway.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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The DNR is not listening to our concerns so it is time to contact your State Senator and both of your State House of Representatives members.

If you don’t know who they are or how to contact them, go here:

www.leg.wa.gov


Here is an example of some comments:


Pursuant to 2011 HB1421 and 2013 SB5367, the DNR is in the process of creating the Teanaway Community Forest.

The DNR has created an interim recreation plan. Unfortunately and unfairly, this plan does not include provisions to allow offroad vehicle recreation.

This seems contrary to the legislative intent of 2013 SB5367.

ORV recreation is been proven example of a form of recreation compatible with working forests and has been taking place in this area for at least four decades.

RCW79.10 directs the DNR to facilitate multi-use public access whenever it is compatible with their trust obligations. Combine that with the language in 5367 and it seems like the DNR is not doing what they are supposed to do.

Is there anything you can do to encourage the DNR to include offroad vehicle recreation in their planning?
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:32 AM   #8
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Done - Might want to add that 3 major trailheads are in jeopardy West fork Teanaway, Yellow Hill and Middle fork Teanaway not to mention access to Flat Rock and all that great snowmobile territory
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:17 PM   #9
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Shameless bump.

Make your voice heard, the offroad motorcycle haters are so if you don't their wishes will prevail.
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:55 PM   #10
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have sent to state senator and recvd reply. Contact your folks - folks. Would hate to lose access to the south ends of the MF T River Trail, WF T River Trail and Yellow Hill trailheads. The road connecting them used to be private but now owned by State. If they say no the ability to make any loop on the USFS trails is very limited.

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Old 06-12-2014, 08:02 PM   #11
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I called Carey Condotta's office. Being a rider himself, hopefully he'll dive in.


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Old 06-20-2014, 02:55 AM   #12
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You're Invited to the Teanaway Open House
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:29:13 +0000
From: Teanaway Community Forest <teanaway@dnr.wa.gov>
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the more riders that show up to this meeting the better!!!!
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:01 PM   #13
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You're Invited to the Teanaway Open House
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:29:13 +0000
From: Teanaway Community Forest <teanaway@dnr.wa.gov>
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the more riders that show up to this meeting the better!!!!

The Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee has been working on its recommendations for the Teanaway management plan since March 2014.
This open house is your opportunity to hear about the committee's progress and provide comments on some key management objectives, including watershed protection, working lands, recreation, and fish and wildlife in the Teanaway.

When: June 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Swauk Teanaway Grange, 1361 W. Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922

Why: The open house is one of many opportunities for the public to provide input to the advisory committee.

An online comment form is available for those unable to attend this open house. For more information, please visit www.dnr.wa.gov/teanaway.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:53 PM   #14
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ORV representative on the panel!

I don't know Mike Reimer, but I'm glad to see there is someone representing ORV!

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Mike Reimer will represent off-road vehicle users on the 20-member committee.

The Washington State departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have appointed Mike Reimer to the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee after the resignation of the previous off-road vehicle (ORV) representative.

“We think the appointment of Mike Reimer will be a great fit to represent both family and ORV interests in the Teanaway,” said Byron Stuck, president of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance. “Mike has vacation property in the area and frequently visits the Teanaway with his family.”

Mike is a small business owner from Sumner with more than 10 years of off-road recreation experience in the Teanaway. He is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys the forest on ORV or mountain bike. Mike originally applied for a seat on the committee in March.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #15
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The DNR is continuing to collect comments on how the Teanaway Forest should be managed.

Go here to add your comments:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K82Q3RP


Here are some example comments to consider:

Please include offroad motorcycle trail use.
This is a use of the land that the local community has always supported.

The primary purpose for creating the Teanaway Community Forest is to preserve it as a working forest. The DNR has a legal requirement to allow multiple uses of the land when it does not compromise their trust management obligations, ORV use has historically proven to be one of the most compatible uses within working forests and as such should be prioritized accordingly.
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