Hiker Headlines: Sno-Parks, New Public Land, Twisp Area Restoration
Starting this Sunday, hikers can prep for winter adventures by purchasing a Sno-Park permit. The Every Kid Outdoors pass is receiving an extension. New public land is coming to the Little Spokane River. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest released plans for a Twisp River drainage restoration project. And, a new community forest in Kittitas County wants to hear from you.
It's October 29. Starting this Sunday, hikers can prep for winter adventures by purchasing a Sno-Park permit. The Every Kid Outdoors pass is receiving an extension. New public land is coming to the Little Spokane River. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest released plans for a Twisp River drainage restoration project. And, a new community forest in Kittitas County wants to hear from you. Here’s some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.
Sno-Park permits: Sno-Park permits go on sale November 1. These permits allow users to park at the many Sno-parks across Washington State and access winter recreation opportunities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Visit Washington State Parks to determine if you need a day-use permit, a seasonal permit or a special-groomed permit depending on which Sno-parks you plan to visit. For safety, we recommend you purchase your permit online, but certified vendors also sell permits in person.
Great news for fourth graders! Thanks to the tireless work of outdoor advocates, the Department of the Interior recently announced an extension of the Every Kid Outdoors Pass. The Every Kid Outdoors program provides annual National Park passes for free to fourth grade students, but due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, many students were unable to put those passes to use. This extension will keep those passes valid through August 2021 and give students and their families another opportunity to explore our national public lands.
Ninety-five acres of new public land: The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy just announced the purchase of 95 acres of land along the Little Spokane River. The new parcel borders the area known as Waikiki Springs, which is owned and managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and will virtually double the footprint of public land along this stretch of the river.
Twisp Restoration Project: The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing a large-scale restoration project that covers 77,000 acres of forest in the Twisp River drainage. A majority of the restoration activities are designed to prevent destructive forest fires in the future. Decommissioning roads and improving fish habitat are also part of the plan. You can learn more about the project, and submit your comments by November 21.
Community forest input: The Checkerboard Partnership is working to form a new community forest on 27,000 acres of former Plum Creek timber land in Kittitas County. To ensure that management of this forest meets community needs, they need to hear from the folks that live and recreate there. Take their quick, 5-minute survey to let them know what you value in the area.
Don't forget to vote for trails! Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, so be sure to get your ballot in if you haven't already.
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