State agencies begin developing recreation plan for Naneum Ridge-Columbia River area

Public comments are being sought on a new Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation and Access Plan. In addition, the state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife will hold two meetings to discuss the draft recreation plan.

This joint project will result in a recreation plan for an area that covers 229,000 acres extending from the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range to the Columbia River. The area includes Naneum Ridge State Forest, managed by the natural resources department, and the Colockum Wildlife Area and the Quilomene and Whiskey Dick wildlife units, managed by the fish and wildlife agency.

The purpose of the plan, which will cover the next 10-15 years, is to determine objectives and strategies to guide recreation and public access. The agencies are using the State Environmental Policy Act to determine the environmental consequences of the plan and to allow for public review.

Public comments will not be taken at the meetings, but participants will learn more about the process and how to provide comments.