The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing the issuance of several special use permits for recreation events or outfitter-guide activities on national forest lands in Okanogan and Chelan counties, the U.S. Forest Service announced. The permits would provide expertise, training and access to a wide variety of non-wilderness activities on National Forest lands, according to a […]
Ride to Rendezvous revisits the pioneer spirit of our ancestors
By Glenda Hammond I recently rode across northern Washington with members of the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association (WOGA). For the first time, I joined their Ride to Rendezvous, an annual wagon trek. What a hoot! What a cultural contribution, allowing people an eye-opening glimpse into the grit and courage of our pioneering ancestors as […]
Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal
The comment period has been extended on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter guides who lead trips in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service has extended the comment period that …
USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been considering for years the best approach to issuing special use permits for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter-guides who lead trips on national forests around the Methow Valley and surrounding areas.
The National Forest has …
Long-term outfitter licensing delayed
File photo by Laurelle Walsh BY ANN McCREARY The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn its decision to issue long-term permits to local pack and saddle outfitters in order to further analyze issues raised in appeals. Becki Heath, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest supervisor, withdrew a decision she issued in March to begin issuing 10-year special use […]
Outfitters, Wilderness Watch both appeal USFS permit decision
BY ANN McCREARY A U.S. Forest Service decision to issue 10-year permits to local outfitter-guide companies is being appealed by local outfitters as too restrictive, and by a national environmental organization as not restrictive enough. Two appeals were filed after the Forest Service’s March announcement that it planned to grant 10-year special use permits to […]