Western Rivers Conservancy will convey properties to Yakama Nation The historic Wagner Ranch on East Chewuch Road and the smaller Stafford Ranch on Highway 20 near Mazama have been purchased by the Western Rivers Conservancy to be preserved and managed for fish habitat restoration efforts in the Methow Valley. The Western Rivers Conservancy is a […]
Over the past month and a half, 941 adult coho salmon have been weighed and measured, had their fins clipped for genetic testing, and had their eggs fertilized in buckets to produce 1 million smolts for the next generation.
It took five all-day sessions for a dozen biologists and staff with the Yakama Nation Fisheries …
Take a tour of Methow River floodplain restoration site Saturday
Work has been underway for several years to restore a natural floodplain on state-owned land off of the Old Twisp Highway between Winthrop and Twisp.
The community is invited to visit the site on Saturday (June 3) during a free event highlighting the connection between …
Twisp River channel restoration project proposed by Yakama Nation
The Yakama Nation is proposing a restoration project on the Twisp River approximately 9 miles west of Twisp. The primary goals of the Twisp Horseshoe side-channel restoration include increasing connections between main and side channels and improving habitat for steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout. The project includes installation of large wood structures in the […]
Twisp River fish habitat restoration project will be completed next year
A fish habitat restoration project about 10 miles up the Twisp River will continue next summer after crews ran out of time to complete work in the river last month.
The Newby Narrows Fish Habitat Enhancement Project was expected to be completed this summer, but crews were unable to finish work during the short time frame that construction work is allowed to take place in …
Projects restore fish habitat on Twisp, Methow rivers
Three projects on the Twisp and Methow rivers to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish — steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout — get underway this summer.
Two projects on the Twisp River will be conducted by the Yakama Nation through its Upper Columbia Habitat Restoration program. One is at the Twisp Ponds just outside of Twisp, and the other is about 10 miles up the river.
Public comment period opens on Forest Service restoration plan
Public comment is being accepted until May 31 on the U.S. Forest Service’s Mission Restoration Project, which proposes forest thinning, prescribed burning, soil treatments and changes to roads within a 50,200-acre area in the Buttermilk Creek and Libby Creek watersheds west of Twisp.
Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service
Recommendations for thinning and prescribed burning on about 7,500 acres in the Buttermilk and Libby watersheds were provided to the Methow Ranger District last week as it develops plans for a large forest restoration project.
Restoring the forests
In an era of increasingly large and destructive forest fires, a strategy for managing Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands to make them more resilient will soon be put to its first test in the Methow Valley.
The nation’s dry forests, especially forests like …
Colville Tribes get contract for salmon restoration in Methow
The Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife (CTFW) Department was recently awarded a contract for over $417,000 from the Bonneville Power Administration to continue habitat restoration work in the Methow Sub-basin. The restoration work will benefit Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout and Pacific lamprey. The new award will allow fish biologists to install fencing to […]