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Thinning, prescribed burning proposed for Libby, Buttermilk creek watersheds; local reactions mixed

Thinning, prescribed burning proposed for Libby, Buttermilk creek watersheds; local reactions mixed

If nature were allowed to run its course, portions of the Libby Creek and Buttermilk Creek watersheds would have experienced natural fires every five to 15 years. Those fires historically played a role in keeping forests healthy — burning at low intensity, clearing out …
Firefighter Daniel Lyon doing well in rehab

Firefighter Daniel Lyon doing well in rehab

After two months in intensive care and 10 skin grafts, firefighter Daniel Lyon has reached a significant milestone — he has been moved to a rehab unit where he is resuming some normal activities, including walking unaided and even …
No decision yet on Mazama-area copper mining proposal

No decision yet on Mazama-area copper mining proposal

A decision on the Mazama Copper Project is not expected until near the end of this year at the earliest, a U.S. Forest Service official said this week. The project proposes drilling exploratory holes on Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama to determine …
Extensive forest-thinning project on federal lands begins in Mazama area

Extensive forest-thinning project on federal lands begins in Mazama area

Work on a $1 million forest-thinning project got underway last week near Lost River Resort in Mazama. The “Lost Driveway Hazard Fuels Thinning Project” will thin trees on almost 1,500 acres of federal forestlands that are adjacent to private properties. The work is the first phase of…

Update: Sat., Aug. 15, 2015 for fires in the Methow Valley Ranger District

For the most up-to-date on these fires and ones in surrounding areas, follow our Facebook page. FROM THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE: Additional resources are arriving on the Methow Valley Ranger District to support crews who were able to contain at least three fires. District Ranger Mike Liu said he was pleased with the hard work...
Noticable improvements on local Forest Service roads

Noticable improvements on local Forest Service roads

Road crews for the Methow Valley Ranger District are working this summer to improve and maintain some of the more heavily traveled roads on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, including Harts Pass Road, Lookout Mountain Road, and the road to Crater Creek trailhead, as well as a number of U.S. Forest Service roads within the Carlton...
Reforestation project near Loup Loup Pass may begin this fall

Reforestation project near Loup Loup Pass may begin this fall

More than 10,000 acres of forest restoration work in the South Summit area near Loup Loup Pass is expected to begin as early as fall. The South Summit II Project encompasses about 50,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land. About 70 …
State grants a big boost to Methow Valley recreation and conservation projects

State grants a big boost to Methow Valley recreation and conservation projects

Twisp, ranger district are big benefitors of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board grants Several Okanogan County projects and programs, including two in Twisp and several in the Methow Valley Ranger District, have been awarded grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, it was announced this week. The Town of Twisp...
USFS completes Lookout Mountain Road improvements

USFS completes Lookout Mountain Road improvements

Lookout Mountain Road, which provides access to a popular hike near Twisp, recently got some long-awaited maintenance from the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service Road 4345-200 is referred to locally as Lookout Mountain Road because it leads to a trailhead that takes hikers …
Climbers, USFS combine to build trail

Climbers, USFS combine to build trail

A recent trail-building event hosted by the Methow Valley Ranger District brought together volunteers to construct a sustainable access trail to a newly popular climbing area known as The Matrix. Dozens of volunteers from the local area, and as far away as Leavenworth and Seattle, joined forces to construct the new more-sustainable trail and to...