The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing the issuance of several special use permits for recreation events or outfitter-guide activities on national forest lands in Okanogan and Chelan counties, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

The permits would provide expertise, training and access to a wide variety of non-wilderness activities on National Forest lands, according to a Forest Service press release.

Some examples of activities include hiking, trail running, biking, horseback rides, stock pack trips, overnight camping, guided fishing, wagon rides, rock and alpine climbing, backpacking and winter activities such as snowmobile rides, a temporary warming hut, ski instruction, races, guided ice climbing and avalanche awareness training.

The proposed temporary outfitter-guide permits would not exceed six months and allow up to 200 service days each. Recreation event permits would be for one to five days each for up to 300 people per event.

The activities are not expected to affect threatened or endangered species or their habitat because they would occur on existing roads and trails in areas used by the general public, according to the Forest Service.

To learn more about the proposed permit renewals, contact Meg Trebon at 996-4032 or Mike Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger. Written comments can be sent directly to Trebon at 24 W. Chewuch Road, Winthrop, Washington 98862, or emailed to