WENATCHEE — The state Department of Natural Resources next week will roll out options for managing state lands between Wenatchee and Ellensburg, and is looking for input before coming up with a final plan.
A public meeting will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave.
The 230,000-acre recreation area includes public land in both Chelan and Kittitas counties, located about 30 minutes from Wenatchee and Ellensburg. A committee has worked with DNR and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife for over a year to develop options for the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation Plan.
“It’s kind of a last call for public feedback,” said DNR spokeswoman Diana Lofflin. Those who cannot attend the meeting can email comments to email@example.com. Maps will be available online after next week’s meetings, she said. Once a draft plan is developed, there will be a more formal opportunity to comment on the plan as well, she added.
Lofflin said the meetings will feature two maps that analyze the landscape, and show different options for recreation in different areas.
“We basically had a blank slate,” she said of the recreation options. For example, she said, people can voice whether they think certain areas on their maps seem more suitable for hiking or motorized vehicles.
The area includes the Naneum Ridge State Forest managed by DNR, and the Colockum Wildlife Area and the Quilomene and Whiskey Dick units of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, managed by Fish and Wildlife. It extends from the eastern boundary of the Wenatchee National Forest to the Columbia River.