Northwest Public Radio: A Land Deal To Conserve Central Wash. Water And Wildlife

By Courtney Flatt

October 7, 2013

If you look up the North Fork of Central Washington’s Teanaway River, you can see snowcapped Mount Stuart in the distance.

This area outside Cle Elum is a popular destination for hikers and fishers, and it’s home to wildlife including a wolf pack, spotted owls, and moose.

Jeff Tayer with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is helping guide a tour along the Teanaway riverbanks.

“The Teanaway River is the most important tributary in the Yakima Basin for both protection – in other words protecting existing functioning habitat – and restoration,” Tayer said.

The Teanaway River splits into three forks. Each one snakes its way through ponderosa pines. Some areas have been logged. Others look untouched.

“To show that right out of the gate that there would be overwhelming landscape, terrestrial benefits, as well as the river and salmon benefits that were clear in the plan in the first place,” said Michael Garrity with American Rivers.

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