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DNR - Important Public Meeting

Currently there are few places on state lands where snowmobiles can't go. If you think there should be some non-motorized winter areas, this meeting is an important place to weigh-in. The Clara Lake environs would be a logical non-motorized area affected by this meeting.

Wenatchee Mountains Coalition (WMC), which has posted articles on this website concerning the need for more easily accessible places for non-motorized winter recreation, is spreading word that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will be holding an open house on April 26 (at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 7 to 9 p.m.) to launch a recreation planning process for the 131,000 acres of DNR-managed lands in Naneum Ridge State Forest in Kittitas and Chelan counties.

The east end of some of the areas the Wenatchee Mountains Coaliton has proposed for new wintertime non-motorized areas includes lands in the Naneum Ridge State Forest. See this article for background and for links to maps illustratings the non-motorized recreation areas WMC has proposed.

Here is a press release from the DNR about the meetings, submitting comments, and staying informed.

“Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites you to an open house initiating a new recreation planning process for the 131,000 acres of DNR-managed lands in Naneum Ridge State Forest in Kittitas and Chelan Counties. We have scheduled two open houses: one will take place on  April 25th in Ellensburg, the other on April 26th in Wenatchee.

The object is to develop a comprehensive plan for sustainably managing recreation in Naneum Ridge State Forest over the next decade while preserving working forests that produce millions in non-tax revenue for trust beneficiaries, including schools, universities and county governments.
At these open houses, DNR will demonstrate why it is developing a recreation management plan for the area as well as which lands will be included in the plan.  Following a brief presentation, you may visit different ‘listening stations’ and provide your ideas about recreation to DNR staff and learn about additional ways to be involved in the planning process.
Please join us:
Naneum Ridge State Forest Recreation Plan Open House
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.
Hal Holmes Community Center, Commons Room
209 N. Ruby Street,  Ellensburg, WA 98926

Naneum Ridge State Forest Recreation Plan Open House
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.
Wenatchee Convention Center, Orchard Exhibit South Room
121 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801

If you would like more information or would like to comment, please contact Bob Crowe (509- 925-0961, bob.crowe@dnr.wa.gov) or Mike Williams (509-925-0973, naneumridgerecplan@dnr.wa.gov).  If you would like to receive email updates about the recreation planning process for Naneum Ridge State Forest, send an email to the same email addresses with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.”

Here's what the area above Clara Lakes looks like after two snowmobiles have high-marked for two hours. It would take a dozen people skiing a few days to have the same impact. 

Snowmobiling is a fun activity enjoyed by many. Few skiers and snowshoers deny they need places to play. But the noise and speed of snowmobiles aren't compatible with what many skiers and snowshoers look for. Having more, easily accessed, non-motorized, winter recreation areas on state and federal lands near our communities would be well-received and well-used by many.