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Bike alliance begins plans for new trails at Sun Mountain, Loup

Bike alliance begins plans for new trails at Sun Mountain, Loup

Groundwork is being laid for expanding mountain biking trails at Sun Mountain and the Loup Loup Ski Bowl. The Methow Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plans to host community meetings in the near future to gather comments from the public about proposed …
State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

Although this summer has been wetter than the past two, in just six days this past week state firefighters responded to 82 wildfire starts, all but two of them likely human caused. The majority of these were accidents, started by sparks from a flat tire and wheel, by tow chains dragging…
Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Firefighters, U.S. Forest Service staff and community members had an opportunity for personal and shared reflection about the lived legacy of Tom Zbyszewski, Rick Wheeler and Andrew Zajac, the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire one year ago. The U.S. Forest Service held a formal tribute on the one-year anniversary of the firefighters’...
Reflection site encourages quiet contemplation

Reflection site encourages quiet contemplation

On a tranquil knoll with views of three Methow Valley watersheds, the Methow Valley Ranger District has created a site for reflection and contemplation to honor the firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire. The living memorial — located next to the ranger district offices in Winthrop — brings together ideas from firefighters, district employees...
Clearing the way

Clearing the way

Back country horsemen from around the state volunteered almost 1,800 hours clearing and improving trails on U.S. Forest Service land in the Methow Valley during a five-day work party over the Fourth of July weekend. About 75 members of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) sawed out hundreds of downed trees, cleared overgrown vegetation,
Info session on USFS travel management plan

Info session on USFS travel management plan

People interested in understanding proposed changes that would affect where motorized vehicles can travel in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have an opportunity to learn directly from U.S. Forest Service staff this Friday (June 24). The Forest Service open house is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Okanogan County Public Utility District headquarters in Okanogan....
USFS proposes alternatives for vehicle access

USFS proposes alternatives for vehicle access

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a new Motorized Travel Management plan that could change where people can drive vehicles throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The draft environmental assessment released Wednesday (June 8) includes four …
Comments period extended for Mission Restoration Project

Comments period extended for Mission Restoration Project

The public comment period for the Mission Restoration Project has been extended until June 10 due to requests for additional time and high public interest in the proposed forest restoration project. Methow Valley District Ranger Mike Liu announced this week he would extend the original May 31 deadline to allow people more time to prepare their...
A lasting legacy

A lasting legacy

Ellis Fink spent much of life on horseback, and was known to take extraordinary care of his stock. His sterling reputation as a trail crew leader, backcountry packer and recreation facilities manager was built on nearly 40 years of experience in the Methow Valley’s most rugged reaches. His contributions to the twice-annual Methow Valley Rodeo are...
USFS offers draft plan for Chewuch area’s road network

USFS offers draft plan for Chewuch area’s road network

A draft decision on the Chewuch Transportation Plan was issued this month by Mike Liu, Methow District Ranger. The plan guides management of 394 miles of road on U.S. Forest Service land in the Chewuch River drainage, an area encompassing 316,000 acres of forest system land.