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.