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Restoration and repairs to close some USFS recreation areas this summer

Restoration and repairs to close some USFS recreation areas this summer

Some popular locations in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be temporarily closed or have crews doing restoration and repair work this summer. Forest officials advise visitors of the following changes and projects: • An extreme windstorm on June 25 blew down thousands of trees across the Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts, according to Shannon...
USFS, rock climbers team up to stem damage at Methow sites

USFS, rock climbers team up to stem damage at Methow sites

The Methow Valley is one of the fastest-growing rock climbing areas in the state. Its many attractions, including relatively low crowd levels, a wide variety of varied pitches, and easily accessible terrain, have made it a rising star among Washington’s many climbing destinations.
Mike Liu: Community trailblazer

Mike Liu: Community trailblazer

When Mike Liu became Methow Valley Ranger District nine years ago, he recognized the vital relationship between his agency and the small community that is surrounded by the 1.3 million acres of national forest lands he was hired to manage. Building community connections has been a priority for Liu, who will retire on June 22.
A forest health prescription

A forest health prescription

The U.S. Forest Service truck shuddered over the dirt road as Sara Billings, fuels assistant fire management officer at the Methow Valley Ranger District, drove up into the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest outside of Winthrop last week. She was visiting a prescribed burn that was underway in …
USFS proposes to ‘adopt’ Buck Mountain trail

USFS proposes to ‘adopt’ Buck Mountain trail

The Buck Mountain trail, a few miles north of Winthrop, is one of the Methow Valley’s premier mountain biking destinations, offering spectacular views of the Methow Valley and distant mountains. The 13-mile loop trail, also popular with horseback riders …
Sun Mountain trails project begins soon

Sun Mountain trails project begins soon

The network of mountain bike trails at Sun Mountain will get 22 miles of new single-track trails, including a trail along Thompson Ridge offering sweeping views of the Methow Valley and surrounding mountains. The trail construction project is expected to get underway as soon as conditions allow and will …
USFS: ‘no significant impact’ in Mission Restoration Project environmental assessment

USFS: ‘no significant impact’ in Mission Restoration Project environmental assessment

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a “finding of no significant impact” in a draft of its final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Mission Restoration Project, a forest restoration plan affecting more than 50,000 acres in the Libby Creek and …
Methow Valley named ‘priority area’ for trail maintenance and repairs

Methow Valley named ‘priority area’ for trail maintenance and repairs

With more than 1,000 miles of trails, but funding to maintain only about 300 miles each year, the Methow Valley Ranger District has been chosen as a priority to receive additional resources to address a backlog of trail maintenance. As one of 15 “priority areas,” around the nation, the Methow Valley Ranger District …
RCO grants will support trail, campground maintenance projects

RCO grants will support trail, campground maintenance projects

Trail and campground maintenance projects in the Methow Valley Ranger District have received funding through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) following passage of the …
Improvements coming for Liberty Bell Mountain climbing trails

Improvements coming for Liberty Bell Mountain climbing trails

The Liberty Bell spires at Washington Pass offer some of the most popular and iconic alpine climbing in Washington, attracting more than 2,500 climbers each year. A destination for climbers since the 1940s, the granite spires...