“When I first encountered the fire world, I pictured them as heroic or too macho — and not that approachable,” said Methow Valley resident Abby Ludeman, who spent last week at an intensive training for firefighters. “But the people here have amazing stories and are humble about their experiences and want to …
Bureau of Land Management
Methow delegation in D.C. to promote Headwaters protection
Advocating for protection of the upper Methow Valley from future mining, a three-person delegation from the valley traveled to Washington, D. C., last week to meet with Congressional representatives and federal agency officials.
The goal of the trip was to push for progress on a …
Federal, state and county lands ban all campfires
Campfires and charcoal grills are prohibited everywhere in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, including in developed campgrounds, dispersed campsites and wilderness areas, as of Friday (Aug. 4). Worsening fire conditions and continued hot and dry weather prompted fire officers to impose the complete ban.
BLM issues fire restrictions order in Eastern Washington
Bureau of Land Management press release: Spokane, WA –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. Because of this the district has issued a fire restrictions order on public lands administered by the BLM in eastern Washington. The order is effective July 14, 2017 at 12:01 […]
New hearing, comment period for headwaters mining restrictions
A new public comment period and a public meeting are planned for a proposal to withdraw more than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley from future mining.
The dates are not yet set, but the comment period is expected to end in …
Federal action brings two-year halt to headwaters mining activity
More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years.
In a victory for …
Community briefs: October 21, 2015
BLM lifts fire closures The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has lifted the regulated fire closure on public lands administered by the BLM in eastern Washington as of Oct. 14 Affected counties are Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, […]