Photo by Sue Misao

Photo by Sue Misao

USFS: firewood available

Personal use firewood is being made available by the U.S. Forest Service on Saturday (Sept. 7) from wood cleared for firelines on the Conrad Lake Fire.

Roughly 70 to 100 cords of mixed forest wood, consisting mostly of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, western larch and grand fir, will be available to the public at the Minnie Meadows Campground, located on Forest Road 1000 along the South Fork of the Tieton River approximately eight miles south of Rimrock Lake.

Persons holding a valid 2013 Personal Use Firewood Permit are invited to remove up to two cords of wood. Those needing a Personal Use Firewood Permit for this event may purchase them at the Naches Ranger Station up to noon on Friday.  Persons not holding a firewood permit will not be permitted to pass the road closure on Forest Road 1000.

For more information, call (509) 653-1401.



Understanding our swans

Swan expert Martha Jordan will present “Swan’s Journey – Understanding the World’s Largest Waterfowl” at a Methow Conservancy program on Sept. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.

Jordan will discuss Washington’s native trumpeter and tundra swans, which migrate through the Methow annually. Learn about them and their habitat needs, such as the farmland, ponds and riparian areas of the Methow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the free event.

For more information, contact Mary at 996-2870 or, or go to



Help for foresters

Forestry experts at Washington State University are offering funding and educational workshops to help eastern Washington residents sustain small forests that are less susceptible to fire, insects,and disease. Upcoming dates and locations for the free forestry workshops include Sept. 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Tonasket Library. To register, call (509) 477-2175 or go to



Get kids’ car seats checked out

The Methow Valley Child Passenger Safety Team (Aero Methow Rescue Service and Okanogan County Fire District 6) will host its annual “Car Seat Roundup” on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hank’s Harvest Foods parking lot in Twisp. Bring old or expired car seats to be recycled. Car seat technicians will be available to check car seat installation and answer questions. For information call 997-4013.