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USFS targets invasive plant infestations

USFS targets invasive plant infestations

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to treat 16,281 acres on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that have invasive plant infestations, according to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released last week. The Forest Service also…
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...
Conservation groups and Forest Service settle ATV lawsuit

Conservation groups and Forest Service settle ATV lawsuit

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will have to analyze the environmental impact of allowing wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use forest roads before the roads can be opened to the vehicles. Three conservation groups and…
Comment on two fish-habitat projects in Twisp River

Comment on two fish-habitat projects in Twisp River

The Yakama Nations Fisheries are planning two habitat-enhancement projects on the Twisp River. The Newby Narrows Fish Habitat Enhancement Project is at river mile 10 on the Twisp River, about 8.5 miles west of town. The intent is to enhance a 1,200-foot-long side channel by installing six buried log structures and three wood jams, and...
Forest Service proposal for Mission Project due soon

Forest Service proposal for Mission Project due soon

The Methow Ranger District is preparing to issue a description of its proposed action for the Mission Project, a large forest restoration project planned for the Libby and Buttermilk watersheds. The announcement of the …
Reviewing options for ravaged watershed

Reviewing options for ravaged watershed

Risks from erosion, mudslides and floods remain high in the Benson Creek watershed, which was ravaged by wildfire and floods almost two years ago. Federal and state agency officials and conservation planners are exploring options for …
Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

As the U.S. Forest Service nears a decision on permitting exploratory drilling for copper in Mazama, the possibility of “full-scale mining” has prompted local business owners to come together in a campaign opposing any future mining.
County going over road list to clean up legal questions

County going over road list to clean up legal questions

Okanogan County’s 1955 list of almost 500 roads looks predictably dated, produced on an old typewriter with neatly handwritten notations and starting to fray at the edges. Now the engineers and technicians in the county’s Public Works Department are going through that old list  — as well as subsequent changes  — to clear up the legal status of...
News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

Outdoor burn ban imposed in county A stage 1 burn ban was imposed Tuesday (Dec. 29) in Okanogan, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) announced. The ban will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 4), DOE said. DOE said it...
USFS seeks comments on Chewuch plan

USFS seeks comments on Chewuch plan

Changes would affect road access, maintenance By Ann McCreary Public input is being sought on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Chewuch Transportation Plan released last week by the U.S. Forest Service. The transportation plan will guide management of 394 miles of road on Forest Service lands in the Chewuch River drainage. It includes...