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Trees for tots

A line forms to pick up seedlngs on Arbor Day.

Walking in search of wildflowers

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

Public comment urged on Icicle Basin water plans

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.

Everybody Out | Dry Gulch Preserve

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. ...

Forest Service seeks advisory members

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.

North Cascades Highway reopens Friday

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.

Collaboration brings new fuels treatment to NCW

WENATCHEE — There’s a new effort in North Central Washington to create healthy forests that are more resilient to wildfire and disease, and $2 million in federal funds to back it up.

Icicle Canyon clean up Saturday

LEAVENWORTH — Leavenworth Mountain Association is hosting its annual Icicle Canyon Clean-Up from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Columbia River spill irks Colville Tribes

INCHELIUM — Colville Tribal officials are admonishing a Canadian smelter for its latest spill of toxic water into the Columbia River this week.

Kids & Nature Connections: Celebrating springtime with the kids

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.

Biking the Chelan Butte Ridge

A ride I've always stared at in the WenatcheeOutdoors guidebook but never gotten around to doing was Chelan Butte. A day finally arrived when I found time and dragged two buddies along for the ride.