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Field reports: Colville releasing proposed forest plan revisions

Sun., June 26, 2011

PUBLIC LANDS – The Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville national forests will release proposals for revising their forest plans Thursday, triggering a 60-day public comment period.

The joint project encompasses nearly 5 million acres in northcentral and northeast Washington.  

Comments on the proposals will be accepted through Aug. 29. National forests update their land management plans every 15 years. A draft environmental impact statement could be released in June 2012.

Public meetings on the proposals are being scheduled. Copies of the document will be available at Forest Service offices and public libraries.  

Proposals and meetings will be posted online:


Rich Landers

Snow still lingers at Mount Spokane

STATE PARKS – Mount Spokane State Park rangers are behind schedule to open spring-summer trails and facilities.

“We had reservations for the Quartz Mountain lookout starting in mid-June, but we’ve had to cancel them because we can’t get through the snow to service it,” said Steve Christensen, park manager.

Fourth of July weekend visitors likely will not be able to drive to the summit of Mount Spokane for the first time in years.

“We haven’t reached the campground yet,” he said. “I think we’re looking at two weeks before we’ll get the road open to the summit.”

Hikers are finding snow on portions of trails above the Kit Carson Loop Road.

Rich Landers

Volunteers give TLC to popular trails

FORESTS – Volunteers are needed for upcoming outings that combine learning traditional skills and the camaraderie of group camping with maintaining popular trails.

Projects organized by the Washington Trails Association and Conservation Northwest include:

• Bead Lake, through Monday

• Salmo-Priest Wilderness volunteer vacation, July 9-16

• Red Bluff Trail near Sullivan Lake, July 16-17

• Shedroof Divide near Little Snowy Top, July 23-25

• Hall Mountain near Sullivan Lake, Aug. 4-7

• Red Bluff, Sept. 9-10

Sign up: email or call (509) 389-5514

Rich Landers

Campers beware: Roosevelt rising fast

BOATING – Lake Roosevelt’s level was at elevation 1,268 feet last Friday, and it’s expected to be up to about 1,280 feet on Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation says. 

The lake will continue to rise more than a foot a day through July 4 to around 1,285 on the July 5.

Take note when making camp and beaching boats.

Forecasts: (800) 824-4916

Rich Landers 


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