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Check out two draft maps for the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Plan

October 17, 2013
Join the discussion on the recreation future of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Planning Area. Photo: DNR.

Join the discussion on the recreation future of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Planning Area. Photo: DNR.

Join the Washington state departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in a discussion about future recreation opportunities in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River area.

The two agencies, with the help of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia recreation planning committee, will host two community meetings next week in Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

October 23. Ellensburg, 5 – 8 p.m.
Hal Holmes Community Center
209 N. Ruby St. Ellensburg, WA 98926 (Directions)
Invite your friends

October 24. Wenatchee, 5 – 8 p.m.
Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801 (Directions)
Invite your friends

A recreation planning committee representing various recreational users and landowners has been working for more than a year with a DNR and WDFW project team to identify recreational options in the planning area. Attendees at the October meetings will learn about the progress that has been made on these efforts and will have the opportunity to review and comment on two options for recreational development.

The 230,000-acre recreation area covers portions of Kittitas and Chelan counties and includes the Naneum Ridge State Forest managed by DNR. It also includes the Colockum Wildlife Area and the Quilomene and Whiskey Dick units of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, managed by WDFW. The area is within 30 minutes of both Wenatchee and Ellensburg and extends from the eastern boundary of the Wenatchee National Forest to the Columbia River.

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Join the discussion on future recreation in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Area

April 2, 2013
Basalt Columns in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation Area. Photo: Jack Powell

Basalt Columns in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation Area. Photo: Jack Powell

Join the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife in a discussion about future recreation opportunities in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River area.

The Naneum Ridge to Columbia recreation planning committee, along with members from the two agencies, will be hosting two community meetings in April.

April 9. Wenatchee, 5 – 8 p.m.           
Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801 (Directions)
Invite your friends

April 10. Ellensburg, 5 – 8 p.m.
Hal Holmes Community Center
209 N. Ruby St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926 (Directions)
Invite your friends

We need your help in providing the planning committee with your perspective. The committee will take these ideas and develop recommendations to the agencies as we plan how to achieve sustainable recreation opportunities for the next 10 to 15 years.

At the community meetings, we will ask to hear ideas about:

  • How does having access to recreation opportunities help your community’s economic vitality?
  • What businesses or organizations are impacted by recreational activities in the area?
  • How can outdoor recreation impact your community?

We appreciate your interest in this important issue, and hope to see you at one of the meetings.

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Dream big! Give state agencies advice on recreation plan

December 14, 2012
View of Mount Rainier from Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area. Photo: Jim Cummins, WDFW.

View of Mount Rainier from Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area. Photo: Jim Cummins, WDFW.

The citizen-based Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation Planning Committee wants to hear from you about what recreation opportunities you would like to see in the DNR-managed Naneum Ridge State Forest and WDFW’s  Colockum, Quilomene, and Whiskey Dick Wildlife Areas.

Take the survey now! Survey closed January 4, 2013.

The 230,000-acre recreation area (map) is located near Ellensburg and Wenatchee. It attracts people from across the state for its unique ridges, pine forests, and shrub-steppe landscape that holds many recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Your voice counts. This survey comes in the middle of a recreation planning process that began in April 2012. The survey results will guide a citizen-based recreation planning committee as it works to improve recreation access and opportunities.

The survey asks a variety of questions about how you currently spend your time in the recreation area and what opportunities you would like to have in the future. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and the results will be posted online.

Hurry, the survey closes January 4, 2013.

So remember, dream big and let your voice be heard!

Want to stay up-to-date on the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River recreation planning effort? Sign up for the e-newsletter or check out the website.

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Naneum Ridge Kick-Off Planning Meeting, Off to a Great Start

May 4, 2012
Naneum Ridge Kick Off Meeting -

Two attendees from the Naneum Ridge Kick Off Meeting go over a map with a DNR Enforcement Officer. Photo: Diana Lofflin.

The future of the 131,000-acre Naneum Ridge State Forest was discussed publicly for the first time during last week’s Recreation Planning Kick-Off meetings in Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

Over 150 people attended the public meetings and had an opportunity to write down their vision and concerns in a listening station format.  This format allowed attendees to answer specific questions about the recreation area in smaller groups.

The Naneum Ridge State Forest, located in Kittitas and Chelan counties, is within a 30 minute drive of Wenatchee and Ellensburg. The meeting attracted people from a variety of recreational user groups, conservation groups, and even local government. Some of the themes that emerged from the meetings included:

• There is a variety of recreational interest for the area including trails for off-road vehicles (ORV), mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian use. Folks also expressed interest in hunting access.

• Winter recreational access was brought up, specifically, developing different access areas for motorized (snowmobiling) and non-motorized (such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing).

• Concern over balancing recreation development with resource/wildlife conservation.

•  Need for improved education and enforcement in the forest.

Many in attendance appreciated the format of the meeting, including Wanda Holloway from the Grant County Horse Association who said, “I like the neutral stance of DNR staff. This format allows everyone a chance to be heard.”

What are the next steps?

DNR is encouraging people to apply to be a part of the Naneum Ridge Planning Committee. This 12-member committee will meet approximately 7 times over the next year to develop the recreation management plan. This plan will be developed to meet state trust management obligations, while also ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and access to outdoor recreation opportunities. The committee will be selected to include a broad range of backgrounds, recreational interests, and knowledge of the area. 

Committee Application- Deadline: May 9, 2012

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Recreation travel update on DNR-managed lands: Kittitas and Yakima counties

July 1, 2011

If you’re heading to DNR-managed lands in Kittitas or Yakima counties this Fourth of July weekend, please be aware of a new road closure in the Naneum Ridge State Forest due to flood damage.

The East Fork Coleman Road (N3300) is temporarily closed from milepost 2.2 to milepost 2.8.  Past the 2.8 milepost, you can access the N3300 road from the Rue Road (N3100).

Updates to road closures
Prior to the Memorial Day weekend we announced several road closures on DNR-managed state trust lands on the eastern side of the Cascades. Some of these roads have since reopened, and some remain closed for the time being. The following is an update on the status of these roads:

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