May 10, 2012
By Cynthia Wilkerson, The Wilderness Society
Now that our website is up and running, we’ll be posting monthly updates on Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign highlights. Here’s the first one. We’ll aim to post a new update during the first week of every month.
April & May 2012
April started off with an endorsement of the plan from the City of Ellensburg and this Tuesday, the City of Cle Elum followed suit. Both cities recognize the need for collaborative solutions to this region’s water needs and the importance of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan’s goals for their local economies.
Congressman Dave Reichert (R-8), whose current district will shift to include all of Kittitas County beginning in 2013, visited Kittitas County in April. During that visit he was asked about his thoughts on YBIP. He recognized the importance of Yakima Basin Integrated Plan to the county and that he’s getting up to speed on the plan.
We continue meeting with local, state and regional recreation and conservation groups about the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan and Wilderness, Wild and Scenic, and National Recreation Area designation opportunities in the basin. Kittitas County has a Citizen’s Advisory Committee looking specifically at the land use and economic impacts of the lands and rivers protections. As a member of that Committee, I am reviewing their draft report along with some help from an economist at The Wilderness Society – I’ll have more on the report as soon as it’s out.