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Teanaway Community Forest

Important Survey Opportunities Impacting the TCF

Teanaway Community Forest OHV Survey

A chance for dirt bikers to voice their desire to ride off-road motorcycles in the TCF.

DNR and WDFW Teanaway Community Forest Recreation Survey

Dirt bikers in Washington can use this survey to let WDFW and DNR know they'd like motorcycle trails in the TCF.

Riding in the Teanaway Area


TCF Trails Remain Closed But You Can Help!

Teanaway Community Forest trails are closed to motorized use. This is the area the ORV community needs to rally strongly for to open up for official use. Gravel roads are open to plated ORVs. There is no riding behind closed gates. This area should not be confused with the USFS trails in the area: West Fork, Middle Fork and Yellow Hill access trails are open and can be linked together via access road at base. DNR and WDFW are known to patrol and issue tickets to violators. Note that seasonal closures may be in effect during winter months. Check for alerts on the Washington Riding Areas page.


Help Recover Lost Motorized Trails


Long Term Planning Continues with the Advisory Committee

Additional funding was passed by the legislature in the 2016 session to resume the functions of the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee. This additional funding will allow the committee to complete the recreation plan, which will determine whether or not motorized use will be allowed in the Community Forest. The recreation plan must be compatible with water, wildlife, and other recreational uses in the forest.

TCF Advisory Committee Meetings are held regularly. Pro-motorized recreational users are encouraged to learn how to support the re-opening of motorized recreation and attend the committee meetings when possible. Contact the NMA to find out how you can help.

Until the recreation plan is complete, the status quo is still in effect: no summer motorized use in the Teanaway Community Forest. Access to the USFS trails on the west end of the TCF are not closed to summer motorized use. Middle Fork, West Fork and Yellow Hill trails are not part of TCF; these are USFS trails. They typically close during the winter months and open June 15th, unless the USFS opens them earlier.

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Putnam Centennial Center
719 E 3rd St. 
Cle Elum, WA, 98922

Members of the general public are always welcome. Committee members are available 30 minutes prior to each meeting for time to meet and greet. 

Why should motorized trail riding be allowed?

Not only was there a long history of safe and responsible motorized recreation, the TCF is now state trust land and as such, DNR must provide for multiple uses to the public where it is in the best interest of the state and general welfare of the citizens thereof (RCW 79.10.100). One of those uses includes motorized recreation under RCW 79.10.120.

Spread the word!

User-built trails in what is now the Teanaway Community Forest have long been used by many different users - and that includes the motorized user group. The DNR closed access to motorized use.

Print a copy of this flyer and ask your your local dealer post it. Bring a copy to your next MC club meeting. Staple a copy at a riding area.

Attend Advisory Committee Meetings

Even though the DNR has banned motorized trail riding in the TCF during the interim planning phases, long term planning for the TCF continues. The NMA and WOHVA urge all pro-motorized recreational users to take action and attend committee meetings when possible. Meeting schedules are posted on DNR's TCF portal.

Motorcycle use in the Teanaway Community Forest-DRAFT

"...Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee believes that all recreational uses must be accommodated..." December 11, 2014


History of the Teanaway Community Forest

The DNR purchased over 50,000 square acres in the Teanaway area from a private timber company in October 2013.The area was named Teanaway Community Forest (TCF).

In the early portion of 2014, an advisory committee was formed to define the strategy for the forest, including what type of recreational uses should be allowed during the interim planning of the area. ORVs were banned from the area in the interim plan. Planning sessions continue and it is critical that the ORV community rally behind our ORV representative, Mike Reimer.

 

November 2016

The DNR and WDFW hosted a TCF Open House in Cle Elum on October 25th, 2016. There was a good showing of motorized users in attendance, including NMA and WOHVA staff and board members. The open house was for the DNR and WDFW to hear from the public on what kind of recreation should the TCF support, and how those recreation types could be supported. Note that the closures remain in effect.

Video: Riding Before the Teanaway Community Forest

Decades ago, offroad motorcycle riders began riding trails in this area which is just a couple hours from Seattle and just outside of Cle Elum. There are many miles of trails and TheReamerSteve has shared some of his riding experiences in the Teanaway Community Forest Playlist on YouTube.

TCF Committee Agrees to Study Motorized Recreation

As of April 3, 2015, the TCF remains closed to motorized recreation. On February 9th, 2015, the TCF advisory committee agreed to study motorized use in the Teanaway Community Forest (TCF) in its recreation plan. Once the forest is inventoried for water, wildlife, soils, etc.. they will be able to see where motorized use on the landscape could occur. At that point, existing and or new trails could be identified.  It has yet to be determined if multi-use trails or exclusive motorized trails would result. All recreation will be subject to criteria including the SEPA process. One concern is the lack of funds to complete recreation plan and that a priority list would be developed based on funds available.


TCF Related Resources

DNR's TCF Portal

The Dept. of Natural Resources' Official TCF Portal

DNR's TCF Recreation Guide

ORV closure announced May 23, 2014

TCF Public Open House Comments 12-04-2014

Public comments from the Open House. Some might leave you alienated.

WOHVA Early Comments

Early Press Release from WOHVA

TCF Facebook Group

Come see what folks are talking about

Editorial from Daily Record News

June 26, 2014 - Cle Elum Newspaper "Daily Record News"

Klone Peak Trail Work Party

By Marc Toenyan 08/31/2017, 8:30am PDT

Join NMA on re-treading the Klone Peak Trail

Upcoming Volunteer Work Party

How about a late-season volunteer vacation?! Klone Peak Trail in the Entiat RD needs some love. Got some to share?

Volunteer Vacation Work Party: Klone Peak Trail Maintenance
Entiat Ranger District - September 28th through October 1st

  • Where: Staging at Grouse Creek Campground. The campground will be reserved for volunteers of this work party, free of charge.
  • When: We'll leave camp at 9AM and ride our bikes up to the work area on Friday and Saturday. Thursday and Sunday are intended as travel days but if you want to do some trail work on those days let the volunteer coordinator know. The more the merrier!
  • What: Repair trail tread on the Klone Peak Trail, near the peak. Volunteers will reshape the tread profile to remove trenching, add drain dips and move large rocks to tighten the tread width. Also, install natural barriers to discourage trail braiding. Check out these pictures and descriptions of the work site.
  • What to bring: All tools will be provided by USFS. Just bring your smiling face and muscles! You'll also want to bring a lunch and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Of course, keep an eye on the weather forecast for proper clothing. If your riding boots aren't comfy, consider bringing some work boots for the working time.
  • How to sign up: Please reserve your spot! Send an email to volunteer@nmaoffroad.org and you'll get connected with the coordinator.
  • The ride: The route to Klone Peak is moderately difficult. The last 1/4 mile near the top is the most difficult. There is work to do at the bottom and folks who do not want to ride to the top can attack the bottom.
  • Event Contacts: Jonathan Meier, USFS and Marc Toenyan, NMA Volunteer Coordinator

 

Did you know?
Our volunteer hours help fund future projects when our hours are recorded with the land manager. You can learn more about this by emailing volunteer@nmaoffroad.org.

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Wet Duck Poker Run Cancelled

By Marc Toenyan 08/18/2017, 1:45pm PDT

Hoping for a reschedule

Tacoma Motorcycle Club has cancelled the Wet Duck Poker Run that was scheduled for September 24th. The club indicated they might reschedule if a date becomes available.

SB5200 Passes the House

By Marc Toenyan 04/13/2017, 1:00pm PDT

Overwhelming support

SB5200 passed by the House 93 to 3. Next is the Governor's desk!
 

NMA President's Message


Rick Dahl, NMA President

Our members put their money where their heart is!

The NMA membership has shown it is willing to defend the right to pursue their recreational sport of choice when anti-access groups, and government agencies, work to enact closures and laws that unfairly impact that choice. History shows us that building a strong defense fund before a detrimental event presents itself is the most beneficial approach. Giving us the ability to react immediately to a situation puts us in a stronger position against the anti-access crowd, and may even deter some anti-motorized actions from starting.

Unlike the large State Anti-Access groups, who can count on donations from big industry, we rely on the donations of individuals - especially those making donations of less than $200. Our donor base is made up of motorized recreationists who write checks out of their personal bank accounts because they believe motorized recreation should have the right to pursue their sport on public land as freely as other user groups.

Invest today to continue that fight!

Please donate $25, $50, $75, $100 or more to help maintain a strong legal fund to fight those battles in court, keep our presence in Olympia, and maintain the pressure on land management agencies to include motorized recreation in the conversation!

Respectfully,
Rick Dahl
President, Northwest Motorcycle Association


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