The Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign supports the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan’s land conservation recommendations to protect and restore the watershed—from headwaters to homes – and provide for a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
The Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign is working with diverse stakeholders to develop a lands protection proposal, using the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan’s land designation recommendations as a starting point. Contact us if you would like to be involved in shaping the proposal.
The recommendations include:
Approximately 100,000 acres of existing U.S. Forest Service public lands would be designated as the Upper Yakima National Recreation Area in the upper Teanaway Valley. Protection of about 140,000 acres of public land as national recreation areas in the Teanaway and Manastash-Taneum regions.
- Approximately 41,000 acres of existing U.S. Forest Service public lands would be designated as the Manastash-Taneum National Recreation Area.
Protection of about 21,000* acres of wilderness areas in the Teanaway and Bumping Lake regions.
- Approximately 21,000 acres of existing U.S. Forest Service public lands in the upper Teanaway Valley is recommended for wilderness designation.
- Wilderness designation is recommended for Forest Service lands adjacent to and near the William O. Douglas Wilderness in the vicinity of Bumping Lake. *Acreage estimate not provided for the William O. Douglas in the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.
All of these designations would require congressional action that would occur separately from the Integrated Plan. The standard congressional legislative process for Federal designations would provide the necessary public involvement and environmental review specific to each area proposed for designation.