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Forest Service to review regs for ‘over-snow vehicles’

Forest Service to review regs for ‘over-snow vehicles’

By Ann McCreary

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to regulate where and when “over-snow vehicles” such as snowmobiles are used on national forests, and is seeking public comment …

Lack of funding may stymie USFS analysis of Mazama copper-drilling proposal

Lack of funding may stymie USFS analysis of Mazama copper-drilling proposal

By Ann McCreary
Without additional funding, required environmental analysis of the proposed Mazama copper-drilling project won’t be completed in time for drilling to get underway this year, Methow Valley District Ranger …
Spring avalanches block popular hiking, biking trails

Spring avalanches block popular hiking, biking trails

By Ann McCreary
Spring avalanches have dumped debris across sections of two popular hiking and mountain biking trails in the North Cascades — the Cutthroat and West Fork …
Spring prescribed burning is complete

Spring prescribed burning is complete

The spring prescribed burning season has concluded in the Methow Valley, the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release this week. Crews will focus on patrolling active burn units while continuing to prepare for fire season, the release said. Burn treatments were completed on about 750 acres this spring. “This summer we plan to...
Copper drilling proposal gets a grilling at public meeting

Copper drilling proposal gets a grilling at public meeting

By Ann McCreary
In his five years as Methow Valley District Ranger, Mike Liu said he has not seen an issue that has generated as much interest as the proposed exploratory drilling …
USFS reinstates ATV ban on most roads

USFS reinstates ATV ban on most roads

By Marcy Stamper

In another policy reversal, the U.S. Forest Service has determined that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted on most roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

‘Lightning Bill’ moving from Goat Peak to Leecher Lookout

‘Lightning Bill’ moving from Goat Peak to Leecher Lookout

By Ann McCreary
This summer would have been “Lightning Bill” Austin’s 20th anniversary as the U.S. Forest Service’s fire lookout atop Goat Peak in Mazama. Instead, he’ll be …
USFS sets meeting to discuss Flagg Mountain drilling proposal

USFS sets meeting to discuss Flagg Mountain drilling proposal

The U.S. Forest Service will host a meeting on Monday (May 19) at the Winthrop Barn to provide information about a proposed minerals exploration project on Flagg Mountain. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Methow Valley District Ranger Michael Liu said the meeting will not be a public hearing but rather an opportunity for the...

Twisp River Road closed near Poplar Flat

Twisp River Road has been closed near Poplar Flat Campground because water cutting across the road has created unsafe conditions, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday (May 9). “Storms last summer damaged some of the forest roads,” said Michael Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger in a press release. “We were able to get some temporary...
Drilling concerns aired

Drilling concerns aired

By Ann McCreary
Community members and representatives of environmental groups met Monday (April 28) with U.S. Forest Service officials to discuss concerns about exploratory drilling for copper proposed to take place as early as August near Flagg Mountain in Mazama. Concerns included potential impacts on wildlife and water, noise levels that might …