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Rx for fire-prone forests: more-extensive prescribed burning

Rx for fire-prone forests: more-extensive prescribed burning

From a vantage point high on Buck Mountain overlooking the Eightmile Creek drainage, green forests carpet the mountains as far as the eye can see. To most people, it probably looks like a healthy landscape. But to forest specialists like Matt Ellis, fire …
U.S. Ag Department backs proposal to protect Methow headwaters

U.S. Ag Department backs proposal to protect Methow headwaters

The effort to protect the upper Methow Valley from future mining took another step forward when it was endorsed last week by the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack said …
Forest Service moves to protect upper valley from future mining

Forest Service moves to protect upper valley from future mining

The U.S. Forest Service plans to take immediate action to protect more than 340,000 acres of federal land at the upper end of the Methow Valley from future mining operations, a Forest Service official said last week in Washington, D.C. Testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of the Forest...
USFS plans immediate action to protect Methow Headwaters

USFS plans immediate action to protect Methow Headwaters

The U.S. Forest Service plans to take immediate action to protect more than 340,000 acres of federal land at the upper end of the Methow Valley from future mining operations, a Forest Service official said Thursday (Sept. 22) in Washington, D.C. Testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural …
Fall prescribed burning projects to start this month

Fall prescribed burning projects to start this month

Starting this month, fire managers on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF) will begin prescribed fire projects with the goal of improving forest health and improving public safety. Nearly 8,000 acres are planned for prescribed fire this fall, which includes 2,541 acres in the Methow Ranger District, according to a news release from OWNF. Fewer acres...
Bike alliance begins plans for new trails at Sun Mountain, Loup

Bike alliance begins plans for new trails at Sun Mountain, Loup

Groundwork is being laid for expanding mountain biking trails at Sun Mountain and the Loup Loup Ski Bowl. The Methow Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plans to host community meetings in the near future to gather comments from the public about proposed …
Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Firefighters, U.S. Forest Service staff and community members had an opportunity for personal and shared reflection about the lived legacy of Tom Zbyszewski, Rick Wheeler and Andrew Zajac, the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire one year ago. The U.S. Forest Service held a formal tribute on the one-year anniversary of the firefighters’...
Reflection site encourages quiet contemplation

Reflection site encourages quiet contemplation

On a tranquil knoll with views of three Methow Valley watersheds, the Methow Valley Ranger District has created a site for reflection and contemplation to honor the firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire. The living memorial — located next to the ranger district offices in Winthrop — brings together ideas from firefighters, district employees...
Exploratory mining decision delayed because of tribal concerns

Exploratory mining decision delayed because of tribal concerns

A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land near Mazama has been delayed due to concerns expressed by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
USFS proposes alternatives for vehicle access

USFS proposes alternatives for vehicle access

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a new Motorized Travel Management plan that could change where people can drive vehicles throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The draft environmental assessment released Wednesday (June 8) includes four …