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Prescribed burning underway in Methow Valley

Prescribed burning underway in Methow Valley

 Smoke may be visible in the Methow Valley and other areas of Okanogan County in coming weeks as crews burn slash piles from fuel reduction projects on national forest lands. Firefighters have been burning hand piles in the Cub Creek and Loup Loup Summit areas. Those areas will be patrolled over the next several weeks....
Extensive forest-thinning project on federal lands begins in Mazama area

Extensive forest-thinning project on federal lands begins in Mazama area

Work on a $1 million forest-thinning project got underway last week near Lost River Resort in Mazama. The “Lost Driveway Hazard Fuels Thinning Project” will thin trees on almost 1,500 acres of federal forestlands that are adjacent to private properties. The work is the first phase of…
Forest Service sets plans for prescribed burning this fall

Forest Service sets plans for prescribed burning this fall

The U.S. Forest Service has announced plans for fall prescribed burning on the Methow Valley and Tonasket ranger districts. Fire managers plan to treat about 500 acres across the Wolf Creek, Fawn Creek and Eightmile Creek drainages by underburning. There are brush piles to be burned in the Cub Creek, Chewuch River, Mt. Hull, Bonaparte...
Forest Service: environmental review necessary before ATVs can use forest roads again

Forest Service: environmental review necessary before ATVs can use forest roads again

By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest has closed six routes to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (WATVs) and will only consider reopening them after additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, according to a Sept. 28 announcement from their staff officer. Managers with the Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest opened 350 miles of roads on a trial...
Forest Service closing roads to ATVs  —  again

Forest Service closing roads to ATVs  —  again

In another reversal, the U.S. Forest Service plans to close roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that had been opened to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for the past few months, according to Karl Forsgaard, president of the Alpine Lakes Protection Society. The Forest Service opened 350 miles of roads to ATVs in all seven…
Forest thinning promoted as effective way to reduce fire risks

Forest thinning promoted as effective way to reduce fire risks

The case for thinning forests to improve their health and reduce fire risk was made last week by a panel of four people offering different perspectives. The discussion featured private landowners, a conservationist and a small lumber company representative, who told an audience at the Twisp Valley Grange that selectively cutting trees plays …
USFS decision on Flagg Mountain copper drilling proposal due in November

USFS decision on Flagg Mountain copper drilling proposal due in November

Wildfires have once again delayed completion of a U.S. Forest Service environmental study of a proposal to conduct exploratory drilling for copper on Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama. Forest Service staff have been busy dealing with summer wildfires and their aftermath, pushing the anticipated completion of a decision …
News briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

News briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

New group formed to promote strong leaders for county commissioner Although three dozen candidates are vying to be the next U.S. president, there are only a handful of contested races in this November’s local elections. Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro ran unopposed for his second term in 2014. A new organization — called Represent Okanogan County, or...
Bull trout habitat improvement project on Goat Creek will also help other fish

Bull trout habitat improvement project on Goat Creek will also help other fish

A project to improve critically designated habitat for bull trout in Goat Creek is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Work will occur on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest below the Goat Creek culvert referred to as “Vanderpool Crossing,” between river miles 6.7 and 7.6. The work is intended to...
Sports briefs: September 9, 2015

Sports briefs: September 9, 2015

Cutthroat Classic is back on The Cutthroat Classic trail, postponed because of fire activity, has been rescheduled for Sept. 19. The field is full for the 11.1-mile race, which begins at Rainy Pass on Highway 20 at 8 a.m. and finishes at the Cutthroat Creek trailhead. Work party at Blue Lake A work party to...