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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
December 17, 2012

State agencies seek public advice on Naneum recreation plan

OLYMPIA – The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are asking recreationists for their advice by January 4 on recreation opportunities in a scenic portion of Kittitas and Chelan counties that includes one state forest and three state wildlife areas.

The agencies today released a survey to gather public input on recreation opportunities in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River area, near Ellensburg and Wenatchee. The survey results will help a citizen-based planning committee develop draft recommendations to DNR and WDFW on sustainable recreation development in the area.

The 230,000-acre recreation area (map) includes the DNR-managed Naneum Ridge State Forest along with WDFW-managed Colockum, Quilomene, and Whiskey Dick Wildlife Areas. It attracts people from across the state for its unique ridges, pine forests, and shrub-steppe landscapes that offer many recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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

 What:Public survey
 When:Survey closes January 4, 2013
 Where:Web link
 Why:To gather public input on recreation in the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River planning area

Web link
DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog, Dream Big!

Recreation on state trust lands
The Naneum State Forest is made up of Common School trust lands, which were given to Washington at statehood in 1889. School trust lands earn revenue to help build or carry out major renovations on K-12th grade public schools statewide. Trust lands also are managed to protect water, wildlife habitat, and provide recreation and education opportunities. 

DNR-managed trust lands and natural areas provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities on trust lands include hiking, horseback riding, camping, hunting, fishing, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.

DNR’s main recreation focus is to provide trails, trailhead facilities, and a primitive camping experience in a natural setting.

WDFW’s mission to manage recreation sites sustainably
WDFW is committed to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and habitat while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities. The partnership between WDFW and DNR in creating the Naneum Ridge recreational plan will support WDFW’s mission by providing high-quality recreational experiences through public involvement and resource stewardship.

DNR Media Contact:
Diana Lofflin, DNR Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, Diana.Lofflin@dnr.wa.gov  

WDFW Media Contacts:
Ted Clausing, WDFW Regional Wildlife Manager, 509-457-9313, Ted.Clausing@dfw.wa.gov.  
Shana Winegeart, Wildlife Area Manager, 509-925-6746, shana.winegeart@dfw.wa.gov

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360-902-1016
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