Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project project tour video
Conservation Northwest / Jun 03, 2021 / Forest Field Program, Forestry, National Forests, Protecting Wildlands
We are excited about this opportunity for landscape-scale forest and watershed restoration on the Wenatchee River Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
By Chase Gunnell, Communications Director
Along with our partners in the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative, since 2018 our staff (most recently our Okanogan Forest Lead Michael Liu and Conservation Program Manager Jen Syrowitz) have been closely involved in the Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project, a forest restoration, watershed health and wildfire risk-reduction project on 60,000 acres in the north-central Cascades around Lake Wenatchee and the town of Plain.
Check out this new project video to learn more! Or read more from the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative or on the U.S. Forest Service project webpage.
Overall we support this project, and are excited about the opportunity for landscape-scale forest and watershed restoration on the Wenatchee River Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
However, we have some concerns about striking the important balance between protecting existing habitat for vulnerable species like spotted owls, as well as proactively restoring sustainable habitat for the future. Learn more in our recent comments on the project’s Environmental Assessment.