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016Are you curious about wood carving or an experienced artist who loves to create beauty?  If so, then we invite you to join our new wood carving group. This will be an opportunity to explore and work with others exchanging ideas, patterns and techniques.  Relief carvings, caricatures, decoys, Native American designs and other styles are all welcome.   For more information please contact Dennis at TEN.IWNnull@OCMMELC

CaptureToday we welcome the North West Fly Fishing Academy. If you or guests are looking for Classes, Private Instruction or Guided Tours, then check out the many opportunities Master Fisherman Doug has to offer. Doug completed his graduate degree in marine biology and experiential education from the University of Hawaii and spent more than a decade as an eco-adventure tour operator in the Islands. Doug returned to Washington in 1987, where, for the next 20 years, he pursued his love for the natural world by creating natural history cruise itineraries worldwide for several exploration-style cruise companies. He is currently one of most experienced and sought- after instructors and guides in the northwest. Doug is the founder of Northwest Fly Fishing Academy. Committed to conservation and the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead, Doug serves on the board of directors of the Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Morning Circle upWe are looking to fill a couple positions this summer here at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp.  We are looking for a Head Cook and a Maintenance Assistant.  These are seasonal jobs that start in May and end in September.

The Camp Head Cook must possess skills and experience in food service management, staff supervision, and customer service.  Must have previous experience in commercial or institutional food service, preferably serving groups of up to 150 people.  Camp Kitchen activities require physical stamina, heavy lifting, and the ability to move through rough terrain.  First Aid, AED, and CPR certifications must be current and maintained.  A current food handler’s permit is required.  The Camp Head Cook must be committed to the Wenatchee Valley YMCA mission; the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; and the enhancement of developmental assets in children.  Seasonal housing may be available for the right candidate.

The Maintenance Assistant must be 18 years of age or older.  The duties for this position include janitorial, grounds keeping, dish washing and basic repairs.  The Maintenance Assistant will work with a variety of staff, rental groups, and campers and as a part of our summer staff team this person will also have duties working with youth and may be used in a cabin to help provide night time supervision.  The Maintenance Assistant must be committed to the mission of the Wenatchee Valley YMCA and an advocate for the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.  Residence at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp is required during the summer season as described in the letter of agreement (typically Memorial Day- Labor Day).  Room and board is provided during seasonal employment.

All positions must have CPR/AED, First Aid, and Valid WA State Food Handler’s Permit prior to the first day of work. Room and board may be provided in addition to salaries during employment. Wenatchee Valley YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Proof of identity, and employment eligibility, are required prior to employment.  In accordance with our healthy spirit, mind, and body mission and federal law, we have a zero tolerance policy for illegal drug use (including Marijuana) during your employment with us whether on or off duty.  We practice pre-employment drug screening.

Applications and job descriptions for both positions can be found online at  http://lwycamp.org/employment/

Interested parties can email me at gro.pmacywlnull@yvarlecmt or call at 509.763.9622 for more information.

Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan

CaptureFor those of you who appreciate the Nason Ridge ski trails, an important opportunity to express your support for recreational access to this area (skiing, biking, hiking . . . ) is coming up on April 11.  Nearly the entire Nason Ridge trail system beyond Kahler Glen is on private land currently owned by Weyerhaeuser.  Weyerhaeuser has expressed an interest in selling the property, and in fact put the land up for auction sale a couple years ago.  Future recreational access is uncertain at this time.

A partnership including Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Chelan County, The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and a steering committee of landowners, citizens, and recreationists are developing a “Community Lands Plan”.  Input is being sought regarding this land and similar “Checkerboard ownership” properties in Chelan County that might be up for sale in the near future.  “The vision articulated in the Community Lands Plan can guide future investments by public and private property owners and potentially lead to land management that will benefit local communities.” More Info

Thank you,
Rick Halstead
Park Manager
Lake Wenatchee State Park

prescribedburnFire specialists are prepared for the spring prescribed fire in our area. The burns will begin in mid-to late March with a projected 400-acres of treatments beginning in the Beaver Valley area near Lake Wenatchee. Treatments will continue as long as conditions allow.

The objectives of these treatments are to improve protection to local communities and enhance forest health and wildlife habitat. Prescribed burn areas maintain and restore vegetation and fuel conditions so if a wildfire should occur, the size, severity and effects can be more manageable.

Prescribed fires are part of the comprehensive Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy. Forest Service managers began implementing the strategy in 1999 to reduce the threat of uncharacteristically severe wildfires and to return resiliency to unhealthy forest ecosystems.

All Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. prescribed burns are weather-dependent and fire specialists will cease burning when objectives are not being met or weather conditions are unfavorable. For more information please contact WRRD Fire Management at 509-548-2550.