WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Commission may hold off on making a decision on the Stemilt-Squilchuck Recreation Plan.
The commission planned to vote on whether to adopt the plan on June 17. But Commissioner Kevin Overbay said Monday during a county meeting he would like more time to review the plan. Overbay has concerns over no-shooting areas listed in the plan and public access roads.
“This is an 80-page document that has come down to one page,” Overbay said. “And it is winter recreation motorized versus non-motorized.”
He said he would like to take a closer look at the other 79 pages.
The Stemilt-Squilchuck Recreation Plan encompasses 17,000 acres near Mission Ridge and Squilchuck State Park. The plan outlines a number of management strategies and opportunities to improve or manage recreation in the area, such as adding camping spots, target-shooting ranges and sno-parks.
The plan also suggests creating a 3,026 acre area for non-motorized winter use such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Snowmobiles would not be allowed in that area.
The commissioners can use the June 17 meeting as a workshop instead of making a decision that day, said Mike Kaputa, Chelan County Natural Resources director.
It would also be nice to clarify some things for the public, he said. Some people are confused that the non-motorized restriction would apply only during the winter months to snowmobiles. It wouldn’t impact year-round use.
Other state and federal agencies, whose land is included in the plan, have also raised some concerns, Overbay said. The county’s recreation plan would only impact county land, but other agencies will use it as guidelines for their own policies.
There are also concerns about whether a non-motorized area would impact the Forest Ridge community near Squilchuck State Park, Overbay said. The county would like to look into that issue before it passes the plan.