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Stories tagged: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Holden Village finds new beginning after test of fire, massive mine cleanup

A wildfire and a massive mine cleanup tested Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades. About 4,000 people visit the village each year, which operates in a …

Areas around Central Washington remain closed due to wildfires

Closures continue across Central Washington as officials monitor and fight several wildfires from Union Creek to Cle Elum.

Colvilles ask feds to boost forests’ fire safety

The dry forest north of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation used to burn every five to 20 years, resulting in open stands of ponderosa pine. But a century …

Permits available for Christmas trees

Here’s a sign of Christmas creep – the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is advertising Christmas tree permits for sale. The $5 permits went on sale the day after Halloween, although some …

Wide-open wilderness

There’s something for everyone – trail users, ranchers, loggers, hunters, ORVers and wilderness advocates – to like and dislike in the early proposals for managing the Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee national …

Lake Chelan Shoreline a classic early hike

The Chelan Lakeshore Trail is a classic Northwest early- season backpacking trip, brightened by wildflowers before many ski areas are closed for the season. Many hikers revel in the unusual …

Cave restrictions aim to thwart bat fungus

A popular cave near Chinook Pass in central Washington will be closed for part of the tourist season to help prevent the spread of the deadly white-nose syndrome in bats. …