Yakima Herald-Republic: Teanaway purchase creates state’s first community forest

By Kate Prengaman

October 8, 2013

CLE ELUM — When the October clouds lift above the Teanaway River, the view stretches across miles of forest to fresh snow on Mount Stuart.

This 50,000-acre forest, sandwiched between farmland and the edge of the Wenatchee National Forest, is now the state’s first community forest — a concept intended to protect forests while giving local groups a stronger say in how the land will be managed.

If what happens here is successful, it could be a template for more such projects across the state.

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