WENATCHEE — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing to treat more than 16,000 acres of weeds across the 4.1 million-acre forest and put in place a new mechanism for responding rapidly to new patches of invasive plants.
The 9th Annual Wenatchee Valley Renaissance Faire is being held at Wenatchee Valley College this weekend. The event is put on by Wenatchee Valley College and The Black Knight Society. According to co-director Matt Harrison the event drew about 2200 people last year and they hope to increase attendance to 3000 this year. It continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
MISSION RIDGE — A small landslide that crossed a run at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort on Wednesday prompted the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to close the ski area to hiking or other recreation.
Spring has sprung in our valley. The foothills are a velvety green, the wildflowers are out in full bloom and the temperatures are mild, making it the perfect time of year to get the whole family out on the trails. Hiking is a fantastic way to connect kids to nature and create lasting memories together. Time outdoors, unplugged, has been shown to boost creativity, concentration, performance in the classroom, and it helps make kids better stewards of our land. Plus, it’s great fun.
On Thursday, April 21, I drove up to the Castle Rock trailhead at 5:45pm to find the shelter echoing with conversation. The evening hike, organized by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, was about to begin. More and more vehicles pulled up, and finally 34 happy hikers were ready to take to the trail.
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.