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Public comment period opens on Forest Service restoration plan

Public comment period opens on Forest Service restoration plan

Public comment is being accepted until May 31 on the U.S. Forest Service’s Mission Restoration Project, which proposes forest thinning, prescribed burning, soil treatments and changes to roads within a 50,200-acre area in the Buttermilk Creek and Libby Creek watersheds west of Twisp.
Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service

Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service

Recommendations for thinning and prescribed burning on about 7,500 acres in the Buttermilk and Libby watersheds were provided to the Methow Ranger District last week as it develops plans for a large forest restoration project.
Restoring the forests

Restoring the forests

In an era of increasingly large and destructive forest fires, a strategy for managing Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands to make them more resilient will soon be put to its first test in the Methow Valley. The nation’s dry forests, especially forests like …
Colville Tribes get contract for salmon restoration in Methow

Colville Tribes get contract for salmon restoration in Methow

The Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife (CTFW) Department was recently awarded a contract for over $417,000 from the Bonneville Power Administration to continue habitat restoration work in the Methow Sub-basin. The restoration work will benefit Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout and Pacific lamprey. The new award will allow fish biologists to install fencing to...
Lamprey release seeks to re-establish the ancient fish in the Methow River

Lamprey release seeks to re-establish the ancient fish in the Methow River

Pacific lamprey are hardy creatures — they have been found in fossil records more than 400 million years old — but in recent years their numbers in the Methow River watershed have dropped by 90 percent. Hoping the fish will spawn here in the spring and begin to reestablish the population, biologists with Yakama Nation …
Bull trout habitat improvement project on Goat Creek will also help other fish

Bull trout habitat improvement project on Goat Creek will also help other fish

A project to improve critically designated habitat for bull trout in Goat Creek is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Work will occur on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest below the Goat Creek culvert referred to as “Vanderpool Crossing,” between river miles 6.7 and 7.6. The work is intended to...
Project restores Methow River’s historic main channel near Twisp

Project restores Methow River’s historic main channel near Twisp

By Ann McCreary
A meandering channel of water, interspersed with small pools and littered with a jumble of tree trunks and limbs, now runs parallel to the Methow River just north of Twisp. The newly established channel winds its way among trees along the hillside west of Highway 20, then bends toward the...
Excavation begins on Methow River side channel restoration 

Excavation begins on Methow River side channel restoration 

By Ann McCreary Work is underway on restoring a historic side channel of the Methow River, which will provide salmon habitat when it is completed this fall. Crews have been excavating the lower end of the side channel to create a downstream connection to the Methow River.  The channel passes under a bridge over Highway...
Comment on Methow Valley river projects

Comment on Methow Valley river projects

Proposals for four river-restoration projects intended to improve conditions for endangered and threatened salmon in the Methow Valley have been submitted to Okanogan County for environmental review or permit exemptions. Yakama Nation Fisheries is working on a project that would enhance fish habitat on the Twisp River. The project involves the construction of three engineered...
Survey: Too early to say if liability law has affected salmon projects

Survey: Too early to say if liability law has affected salmon projects

By Marcy Stamper
Survey says: A new law limiting liability for owners of riverfront property who allow habitat projects to be built on their land has not had a major impact on these projects.