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USFS issues draft environmental assessment for Mission project

USFS issues draft environmental assessment for Mission project

A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been released by the U.S. Forest Service for the Mission Restoration Project, which proposes thinning, prescribed burning, soil treatments and changes to roads on 50,200 acres of national forest land in …
USFS proposes forest thinning on McClure Mountain

USFS proposes forest thinning on McClure Mountain

Forest thinning is proposed on about 300 acres near McClure Mountain to protect communications equipment on the peak. McClure Mountain, south of Twisp, is the primary communications hub for the majority of emergency and non-emergency communication within the Methow Valley, and has been identified as critical communications infrastructure by the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery...
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 …
Cantwell backs aggressive fuel-reduction efforts to contain fires

Cantwell backs aggressive fuel-reduction efforts to contain fires

Longer and more intense wildfire seasons of recent years will only become more extreme as a result of climate change, and that has fueled efforts by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, to increase fuels reduction projects in forests to prevent large-scale forest fires. Cantwell was joined by four climate and forestry…
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...
USFS cites prescribed burning’s restorative powers

USFS cites prescribed burning’s restorative powers

The Methow Valley Ranger District wrapped up its spring prescribed burning about one month ago, but that hasn’t extinguished the debate over the effectiveness and health impacts of these forest treatments. After years of fire suppression, the U.S. Forest Service has been using prescribed burning as part of its dry-forest restoration strategy since …
Prescribed burns may begin soon in the Methow Valley

Prescribed burns may begin soon in the Methow Valley

If weather conditions are favorable, the U.S. Forest Service may begin prescribed burning in the next two weeks on south-facing slopes in the Fawn Creek and Eightmile Creek drainages near Winthrop, and later this spring in the Burge Mountain area east of Havillah. Areas planned for either spring or fall burning are shown on a...
County residents blame poor management, environmentalism for 2014–15 wildfires

County residents blame poor management, environmentalism for 2014–15 wildfires

They had a new audience, but it was a familiar refrain as Okanogan County residents still reeling from the wildfires of the past two summer argued for better forest management — in particular, through logging and grazing, but also thinning and prescribed burning — to reduce fire risk. U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse brought his congressional colleague from Pennsylvania, Glenn...
Legislation aims to increase prescribed burning in Washington

Legislation aims to increase prescribed burning in Washington

Legislation aimed at increasing the use of prescribed fire as a tool to prevent catastrophic wildfires was signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee. The legislation directs the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct a pilot project of “forest resiliency burning” in forests east of the Cascade Mountains in coordination with other agencies, and...
Parlette introduces bills to expand use of prescribed burning

Parlette introduces bills to expand use of prescribed burning

In the wake of two consecutive years of devastating wildfires in her legislative district, State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (12th District, R-Wenatchee) has introduced two bills that call for expanding prescribed burning to reduce the risk of wildfire in …