DNR now accepting Community Forest Trust nominations

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now considering nominations for lands to be included in the state Community Forest Trust.

Local communities interested in having lands included in the Community Forest Trust need to file the request for nominations form by June 2, 2014. This form can be downloaded from DNR’s website at: http://1.usa.gov/1b46Jft.

In 2013, the Teanaway Community Forest in Kittitas county became the first Community Forest Trust property in Washington.

Included in the application is a checklist of materials needed to submit a nomination and a desired timeline for the process.

DNR Community Forest Trust program
Working forests in Washington are a vital part of our economy and culture. However, since the 1980s, more than one sixth—17 percent—of Western Washington forests have been converted to other land uses. As working forests vanish, so do many benefits for communities, including local timber, natural resources jobs, clean air and water, and recreation.

To address this, in 2011, DNR worked with the state legislature to create a new tool for local community partners to participate in protecting working forestlands that benefit their communities—the Community Forest Trust.

The first state community forest was established in 2013 in the Teanaway River Valley, just north of Cle Elum in Eastern Washington. This new category of working forestland is held by the state and sustainably managed by DNR, consistent with the values of the local community.

Reclamation and Ecology Departments Host Cle Elem Scoping Meeting

Additional information about these EIS alternatives can be found at: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ucao_misc/fishpassage/index.html.

The scoping meeting will give the public the opportunity to identify issues and concerns associated with the alternatives proposed for the project and to identify other potential alternatives that could be considered in the EIS.

The scoping meeting will be held at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, Washington. The meeting facilities are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or other special assistance needs should be submitted to David Kaumheimer, at (509)-575-5848, extension 232, by April 20, 2009.

A Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on April 8, 2009.

In addition to comments received at the scoping meetings, written comments will be accepted through May 8, 2009. Please submit comments to David Kaumheimer, Bureau of Reclamation, Environmental Program Manager, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima WA 98901-2058; fishpassage@pn.usbr.gov. For additional information or questions, please call (509) 575-5848, ext. 612.