[Tweeters] Semi-OT: Teanaway Community Forest

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Fri Jan 23 14:34:11 PST 2015

I usually try to keep Tweeters free from this sort of thing, but since I’m the founder of the Cle Elum CBC, which encompasses a large portion of the Teanaway Community Forest, I feel compelled to post.

Recently, the State acquired pretty much all of the forest lands along the Teanaway Road near Cle Elum from a private timber company. Virtually everything that was not homes and farmsteads, and not National Forest lands, is now in state hands. Currently, there is a committee convened to make recommendations on how to manage the Teanaway Community Forest into the future.

Previously, most of this land was not accessible to the public. That will be changing. While increased access will mean new areas for birdwatching, it could also mean ORV, dirt bike, snowmobile, and other such usage, potentially over all or part of the Forest. For me, this is a concern. Regardless of your opinions about ORVs, however, it would be great if you all could send some comments about how YOU would like to see this new public forest managed.

You can submit comments via their web form, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K82Q3RP

More information about this topic can be found here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/OtherLandTransactions/Pages/amp_teanaway.aspx

In actual birding news, I’ve had both VARIED THRUSH and RED CROSSBILLS at our house today (we’re just NE of Bridletrails State Park at the juncture of Redmond, Kirkland, and Bellevue); that’s two species here that we haven’t yet had at Marymoor Park in 2015.

== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
== BirdMarymoor at frontier.com

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