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CWU OPR Coordinator serves on Manastash Ridge and Wenas WildLife Area Committee

ELLESNBURG, WASH., October 26, 2017 – Central Washington University Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals Coordinator, Bradley Gasawski, has been asked to serve on the Manastash Ridge Trails Coalition (MRTC) and Wenas Wildlife Area Committee. While Gasawski is representing the mountain biking community on this task force, he also speaks for the hiking community, as he is an avid hiker himself, and considers all perspectives of other trail users.
Gasawski has been tasked with protecting the Ellensburg local trails as well as keeping access open for different user types. They are looking at ways to make the trails more sustainable, and at ways to protect the wildlife habitat, all while keeping the trails open for users.

“As someone who has lived in beautiful places like Yosemite National Park in California and Adirondack State Park in New York, I know what happens to our beloved, protected areas when they are ‘loved to death’ by the people who visit them,” Gasawski says.

With just over 13,000 student’s on-campus at CWU and another 19,000 people living in the Ellensburg community, Manastash Ridge is used frequently by outdoor enthusiasts. With its close proximity to town, many people will head there for a quick hike to the ridge top, or a quick ride up on their mountain bikes. The views are stunning and the trail access is easy from town.

“I have a passion for the outdoors, conservation, and trail access, and I wanted to give back to my community and to the federal and state agencies who manage these beautiful places,” Gasawski said. “Being a part of this committee is helping us to build partnerships within our community.”

The Manastash Ridge is part of the Wenas Wildlife Area, and is co-managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). Community members can visit this website to learn more and to review past meeting notes.

WDFW and the DNR welcome public engagement on this project. Meetings occur from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the DNR’s Southeast Regional Office, located at 173 Bowers Road in Ellensburg. Each meeting provides the brief opportunity for the public’s comments and concerns.

Media Contact: Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550,

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