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Agencies discuss response criteria for wildland fires

Agencies discuss response criteria for wildland fires

A recent community meeting about wildland firefighting raised questions about how agencies coordinate in fighting fires, the ramifications for firefighting of closed roads on public lands, and how decisions are made about protecting …
Benson Creek watershed gets state water-quality grant

Benson Creek watershed gets state water-quality grant

By Marcy Stamper Since the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire and subsequent mudslides, the Benson Creek watershed has struggled with degraded water quality and increased sediment. A state-funded program will begin to address those issues by planting vegetation and getting more-detailed data about the extent of the damage to creeks and rivers. The $250,000 grant, provided...
Winthrop urged to become ‘Fire-Adapted’

Winthrop urged to become ‘Fire-Adapted’

When it comes to wildfires, Winthrop has dodged the bullet so far, but a local resident is suggesting that town leaders do more to prepare for a time when the town may not be so fortunate. “We’ve been really lucky in our community,” Winthrop resident …
State audit highlights timing issues in fire-recovery funding

State audit highlights timing issues in fire-recovery funding

State and local conservation districts that assist property owners with recovery after a wildfire or other disaster sometimes struggle to get projects approved and completed before funding expires. In fact, sometimes they have only a few months to get everything completed. The districts also face limitations because state law requires that only a fraction of the...
Reviewing options for ravaged watershed

Reviewing options for ravaged watershed

Risks from erosion, mudslides and floods remain high in the Benson Creek watershed, which was ravaged by wildfire and floods almost two years ago. Federal and state agency officials and conservation planners are exploring options for …
Conservancy names annual award winners

Conservancy names annual award winners

The Methow Conservancy announced the recipients of its 2015 Methow Conservation Awards at an event last week. Classroom in Bloom is the winner of the Ken White Award — honoring those who carry on Ken White’s love for the Methow Valley — in recognition of the program’s commitment to inspiring young people to understand agriculture, ecology, and natural history...
Conservation District seeking board members

Conservation District seeking board members

There are two openings on the board of supervisors of the Okanogan Conservation District. One is an elected position and the other will be appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Conservation districts are subdivisions of state government, much like school boards. Each district is governed by five supervisors who serve voluntarily and without pay....
Community briefs: Nov. 4, 2015

Community briefs: Nov. 4, 2015

Get mobbed up this weekend Sometimes a mob mentality is not a bad thing, as when it’s for a good cause. Join the Methow Conservancy and the Okanogan County Electric Co-Op on Saturday (Nov.) 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Seed Mob to plant native grass seeds in areas disturbed during this...
Help is available to reduce erosion on burned properties

Help is available to reduce erosion on burned properties

In the aftermath of another devastating wildfire season, many area residents are anxious about protecting their homes and property from flash floods and mudslides that result when wildfires destroy vegetation and leave the ground charred, barren and unable to absorb water. There are many different ways to treat burned landscapes to reduce erosion, and the Okanogan...
Flood protection work proceeds in at-risk areas

Flood protection work proceeds in at-risk areas

The Texas Creek home of Tom and Cheryl Race was a bustling work site last week as trucks delivered many loads of gravel, which a bulldozer operator contoured into a large dike upstream from the house to protect it from future flooding. At the same time, a crew of eight Americorps volunteers shoveled away about 300...