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#1 Phantom 309

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 12:56 PM

There will be an Ahtanum Forest User Group meeting on Feb 9th at 6:30 at the West Valley Fire Dept on Zier Rd, hosted by DNR.

I don't think it's been announced yet, but I wasn't told not to tell so here goes......DNR was awarded a grant to install an new ORV trail this year connecting North Fork and Jackass Rd. I've been told that the meeting is mainly to talk about that. The plan is to put it in a little bit south of where the old one was. It's only about 1.5 miles long and will be a groomed in the winter so don't expect anything difficult. At least there's finally something new going in though as opposed to everything else getting shut down.

I'll be there and hope to see some of you locals there as well. I'd like our group to give input on it as well instead of just the same ol' OJF's.

#2 Phantom 309

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 12:58 PM

I just found the official statement.




I’m writing to invite you to a Department of Natural Resources user group meeting for the Yakima area. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the West Valley Fire Station (10000 Zier Road Yakima, WA 98908).

The goals for this gathering are: to meet the users of the Ahtanum State Forest, the Wenas and the Rattlesnake, to talk about the recent accomplishments and improvements in those areas and to discuss how best to move forward in the multi-use environment.

Please share this invitation with those you know who may be interested. The meeting is open to the public and will be advertised in the Yakima Herald next month.

We look forward to seeing everyone on February 9th.

Thank you,

Stephanie Margheim
Volunteer Specialist
Southeast Region
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Office: (509) 925-0984
Cell: (509) 571-0279
stephanie.margheim@dnr.wa.gov

#3 ChevyJoe

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 06:05 PM

I'll be there, thanks phantom for the heads up 👍🏻

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 07:20 PM

I'll be there.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 10:05 PM

Do they hold regular monthly meetings?

#6 Phantom 309

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 05:31 AM

No, not regularly.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:45 PM

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There was a pretty good turnout there last night! I'd guess about 75 people. Most were motorized users, but the horsemen were well represented as well as one of the hiking groups.  The main point of the meeting was to just get all of the different users in one room and get us acquainted with each other. The first portion of the was a recap of the the things accomplished last year. Mainly the BBQ Flats improvements, White's Ridge Trail Head Horse Ramp, and South Fork Ahtanum cleanups, as well as a few others.

From there we went into what's on the agenda for this coming year. Mainly the new 1.5 mile trail going in that will connect North Fork to Jackass Rd. This is made possible by a $67,000 State Grant which is one of the largest ones to date. Right now they are beginning the SEPA studies and projected completion isn't until 2018, but DNR let us know that they will be seeking input on this from the ORV users. This is going to be a groomed snowmobile trail in the winter so I wouldn't expect it to be a challenging "jeep" trail or anything like. Still, it's very cool to have a new motorized route going in.

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The meeting was closed out with a Q&A session. Nothing to groundbreaking was discussed there with the exception of DNR officially putting to rest the rumor that the Yakama Nation had bought Cultas Hole. The Nation purchased the private holdings in Klickitat Meadows but did NOT purchase anything in or around the Cultas area. I know this was a rumor that generated this hunting season and was gaining some steam around the area.

Overall, I'd say that the meeting was successful in the fact that it accomplished what it's intentions were. Holding regular meetings like this I believe will prove to be a good thing in the fact that it will at least but down on the many rumors regarding the area and DNR that always seem to be floating around here.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 11:18 PM

Shit!!! I totally forgot about it, thanks for the update

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 04:51 PM

Some questions/rumors have been raised regarding the new trail. One of the questions was wether or not this was just going to be an easier logging route and open the upper Jackass area to logging, much like White's Ridge. Here's Jeff Jones' answer:

"The new trail is NOT being built for logging trucks.  It is going to be built for ATV/ORVs with climbing turns and it will be steep in places....As with any state trust ground it can be logged at any time regardless of trails, I haven’t seen any long range plans to log the area."