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New Okanogan-Wenatchee forest supervisor announced

New Okanogan-Wenatchee forest supervisor announced

A new forest supervisor has been chosen to lead the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which includes the Methow Valley Ranger District. The U.S. Forest Service last week announced Mike Williams as the new forest supervisor, headquartered in Wenatchee. Williams is currently the forest supervisor on the Kaibab National Forest in the Southwestern Region 3, where he...
USFS fuels-reduction project planned near Mazama

USFS fuels-reduction project planned near Mazama

Plans for three prescribed burns in the Methow Valley, announced recently by the U.S. Forest Service, have been changed to allow staff in the Methow Valley Ranger District to focus on a large fuels-reduction project near …
USFS woodcutting permits available

USFS woodcutting permits available

Beginning Wednesday (April 1), personal-use firewood cutting permits are available for purchase at the U.S. Forest Service office in Winthrop. “We’re opening the Methow Valley Ranger District a month earlier this year due to the low snowpack and associated early access to the forest,” said Mike Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger. “Cutting western larch will...
USFS seeks comments on South Summit project impact statement

USFS seeks comments on South Summit project impact statement

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments by April 6 on a preliminary Environmental Assessment for the South Summit II Forest and Fuels Project area east of Twisp.
USFS must designate over-snow vehicle travel areas

USFS must designate over-snow vehicle travel areas

By Ann McCreary Areas where motorized “over-snow” vehicles are allowed to travel on U.S. Forest Service land in and around the Methow Valley will need to be designated by the Methow Valley Ranger District under a policy adopted last week by the Forest Service. Previously, local Forest Service managers had discretion to decide whether to...
Forest Service seeks comments on management plans

Forest Service seeks comments on management plans

By Ann McCreary
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking input and comments on proposed management activities in the South Summit II Forest and Fuels Project area. The 50,000-acre project area lies within the Frazer, Chiliwist, Benson, Texas, French, and Swamp Creek …
Forest Service travel plan eliminates off-road uses

Forest Service travel plan eliminates off-road uses

By Marcy Stamper
After spending almost a decade examining roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, forest managers and planners have decided not to change the type of motorized access allowed on official roads and vehicle trails, but they are proposing …

Business briefs: Dec. 10, 2014

Business briefs: Dec. 10, 2014

This week: USFS summer jobs open and Business workshops offered
Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

An open house is scheduled on Tuesday (Nov. 4) to discuss a proposal by the U.S. Navy to conduct warfare training exercises on the Tonasket Ranger District. The open house will be held 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the Okanogan Public Utility District in Okanogan. Forest Service and U.S. Navy personnel will be present to answer questions....
Questions persist about response by some fire crews

Questions persist about response by some fire crews

By Marcy Stamper
More than a month after the state’s largest wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in and around the Methow Valley, homemade signs thanking firefighters still punctuate the landscape. But in addition to the gratitude, some people have been raising questions about whether fire crews missed early opportunities to keep the fire from getting...