Field reports: Blue Mountains planning starts
NATIONAL FORESTS – National Forests along the Blue Mountains – Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman – will begin their management plan update process this month with open-house meetings and a two-month comment period.
The presentation portion of open-house meetings in this region begin at 6 p.m.:
■April 15, Dayton Public Use Building, 1 N. Pine St.
■April 29, Public Utilities, 1411 W. Clark in Pasco.
Info: www.fs.fed.us/r6/ uma/blue_mtn_planrevision/
Motorized maps: New motorized vehicle use maps are being distributed free at Umatilla National Forest offices and on the Web.
Maps display the forest’s roads, trails and areas open to motorized travel.
Routes not shown are closed to motorized use.
Alpine Lakes bill approved by House
WILDERNESS – A bill to add 22,000 acres of lower elevations lands to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness southwest of Washington’s Stevens Pass recently was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and moved to the Senate.
Congress designated the area in the Wenatchee National Forest as wilderness in 1976. The 393,000-acre area in the Wenatchee National Forest, just a two-hour drive from Seattle, is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the United States.
A scenic attraction in the North Cascades, the Alpine Lakes wilderness was the first wilderness area to feature a backcountry reservation and quota system.
The measure sponsored by Rep. Reichert (R-WA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would add 10 miles of the Pratt River and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the National Wild and Scenic River System.
Talks under way for Keller marina
BOATNG – The National Park Service is negotiating for an operator to run Keller Ferry Marina on Lake Roosevelt this season after Roosevelt Recreational Enterprises said it would cease its operations there.
“Ensuring that key visitor services are continued to be offered at Keller Ferry is the park’s highest priority right now” said Marsha Buchanan, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area commercial services program manager in Grand Coulee.
Meantime, marinas and houseboat operations will operate this season as usual at Lake Roosevelt’s other major marinas, including:
•Seven Bays, full-service marina, restaurant and eight houseboat rentals, operated by Dakota-Columbia.
•Kettle Falls, full-service marina, deli-service and 16 houseboats, operated by Lake Roosevelt Vacations, Inc., for 23 years.
•Two Rivers Marina, full-service marina and houseboats, operated by the Spokane Tribe of Indians.