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Reforestation project near Loup Loup Pass may begin this fall

Reforestation project near Loup Loup Pass may begin this fall

More than 10,000 acres of forest restoration work in the South Summit area near Loup Loup Pass is expected to begin as early as fall. The South Summit II Project encompasses about 50,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land. About 70 …
State grants a big boost to Methow Valley recreation and conservation projects

State grants a big boost to Methow Valley recreation and conservation projects

Twisp, ranger district are big benefitors of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board grants Several Okanogan County projects and programs, including two in Twisp and several in the Methow Valley Ranger District, have been awarded grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, it was announced this week. The Town of Twisp...
Copper exploration near Mazama concerns Farm Bureau

Copper exploration near Mazama concerns Farm Bureau

The Okanogan County Farm Bureau has expressed concern about proposed exploration for copper by Blue River Resources Ltd. on U.S. Forest Service land in Mazama. In a letter sent recently to Okanogan …
Environmental groups sue Forest Service to shut down new ATV routes

Environmental groups sue Forest Service to shut down new ATV routes

Public input, agency review required before changing road access, they say By Marcy Stamper Three environmental and recreation groups have filed a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Forest Service failed to follow environmental laws that require public input and an analysis of road conditions before allowing ATVs to use the roads. The complaint, filed in...
Campfire ban in national forest

Campfire ban in national forest

The U.S. Forest Service has banned all campfires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest beginning Thursday (July 9) due to extreme fire danger. The restrictions announced Tuesday (July 7) prohibit wood and charcoal briquette fires across the national forest, including all campgrounds and designated wilderness areas. The use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed. Initial...
Crews team up to contain spot fires S.E. of Twisp

Crews team up to contain spot fires S.E. of Twisp

About two dozen hand crews, two helicopters with water buckets, a bulldozer and 10 smokejumpers (on foot) attacked at least two spot fires southeast of Twisp on Sunday afternoon (June 21). The fires were reported at 2 p.m. after they sent up a significant plume of smoke. Crews from Okanogan County Fire District 6 were...
Forest Service extends campfire bans

Forest Service extends campfire bans

Continued hot, dry weather and the increasing fire hazard have prompted the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to expand campfire restrictions across the forest. Effective Friday (June 26), building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or briquette fire is prohibited, except at most designated campgrounds, approved sites, and in certain wilderness areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National...
Community News briefs: June 17, 2015

Community News briefs: June 17, 2015

Outdoor learning at Basecamp A series of free outdoor adventure and education programs at North Cascades Basecamp near Mazama begins on Monday (June 22). Julie Grialou of the Methow Conservancy will discuss restoration of the landscape after the Carlton Complex Fire at 7 p.m. On Tuesday (June 23), Kim Romain-Bondi will lead an “owl prowl” beginning...
Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

As all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts seek more places to ride, and conservation organizations try to protect fragile lands, the groups continue to cut each other off at the pass. The latest volleys are over county roads in the Methow Valley and proposed ATV routes in the national forest. The North Central ATV Club has asked...
County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

While requests to take roads off Okanogan County’s roster come up with some regularity, a current proposal by the U.S. Forest Service, which would transfer management and maintenance of roads to the county, is much less common. The Forest Service and Okanogan County are in preliminary discussions over …