Susan Ballinger, left, leads hikers on the Wednesday Wildflower Walks in the Foothills for the Chelan Douglas Land Trust on Wednesday evening. On this walk she gave information on the Saddle Rock trailhead and showed off area flowers. The weekly one-hour strolls cover less than one mile and are scheduled through June 8. For more information, see the Chelan Douglas Land Trust website at cdlandtrust.org.
LEAVENWORTH — A comprehensive package of proposals to increase water supply in the Icicle Creek Basin through water-storage automation in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and aggressive conservation is available for public comment through May 11.
It's been called many things over the years: the Cannon Gold Mine, the Asamera Mine, the holdings of Conoco Phillips, the property purchased by the Appleatchee Riders. Now the land that borders Saddle Rock to the south and that was part of a mining operation until 1994 is known as the Dry Gulch Preserve. The property, which was once part of the second-largest gold operation in the United States, was purchased from Conoco Phillips in 2007 with the provision that the Land Trust would hold a conservation easement to it. ...
WENATCHEE — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is looking for people to fill vacancies on its 15-member Resource Advisory Committee, which reviews and recommends projects funded by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
MAZAMA — After five weeks of clearing snow on the North Cascades Highway, the state Department of Transportation expects to reopen the 38-mile mountain pass between Mazama and Newhalem at 11 a.m. on Friday.
The grass is greening up, the orchards are leafing out and the sky is staying light later in the day. I led a group of excited and intrepid kids on a Spring Break Nature Camp in the Foothills last week, and we had so much fun exploring the flowers and the birds. Nothing makes me feel more alive than spring.