FAC efforts organize local residents to prepare for fire prevention (Firewise) and also include activities before, during and after wildfires. It’s preparing for a wildfire, what to do during a wildfire and recovering from a wildfire both personally and for our community.  The local FAC has reached out to share their input on the Forest Service Upper Wenatchee Forest Plan, see attached document.

Dear Community Partner:

As you may be aware the Upper Wenatchee Restoration Project is requesting public comments regarding this 75,000 acre forest restoration project. The Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities Committee is supportive of this project but believe to make this a long term success for our community certain key elements must be included . We have attached this bulletin outlining these key elements for our community.  In addition, here is the website to submit your online comments on this project, deadline March 27th.

 We are asking you to please share this information with other members of your community. This project will impact everyone in the Lake Wenatchee area, please take the time express your thoughts.

Thank you for your support,

Rex Lund
LWFAC Committee


Upper Wenatchee Forest Service Project

This map shows the study area in green, and the area of historic fires in orange.  The Wenatchee River Ranger District held a meeting Tuesday night about the proposed Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project. The goal of this project is to restore forest health and fire resiliency while also improving wildlife habitat, improving watershed function, and creating sustainable user access. The result will be a community and forest that is better prepared for future wildfires.

The methods proposed to achieve these goals include both commercial and non-commercial thinning and prescribed burns.

The project is still in the scoping phase and the USFS would like to hear comments, specifically regarding alternative ideas to reach the stated goals, information about the project area that you believe is critical to the proposed activities, and what specific concerns the public might have about the proposal. Comments can be submitted online at: Forest Service Comment

The USFS anticipates completing the scoping phase of this project in the next few weeks and having an Environmental Assessment draft ready for public input by Fall/ Winter 2019.

Thanks to Michelle Tiegel for attending and taking notes.

Map care of Wenatchee World, for Wen World subscribers a good article on the plan is here


The Wok About Grill in Leavenworth will host a benefit evening for the Cascade Medical Foundation on the evening of Tuesday, March 19th. A portion of the evenings proceeds will be donated to the Foundation in support of the services provided by Cascade Medical Center.

XC Skiing? What is still Groomed?

The team at the State Park have wrapped up a really successful XC season, but you don’t need to put the skis away.   Plain Valley XC skiing is still open with daily grooming.  They hope to keep the trails open thru at least the next two weekends.  See Ski Plain, for current conditions.  Stevens Pass Nordic area is also still open.

Thanks to Rick and the crew for all the late nights and early mornings they put in to maintain the State Park, Kahler Glen, See and Ski, the new Flying Squirrel Trail and the Nason Ridge trails.

The Forest Service is having an open house meeting at 6PM at the Rec Club on March 12 to discuss the 75,000 acre Upper Wenatchee Forest Treatment Pilot Project. This will be an opportunity to learn more about this effort to improve the health of the forest and reduce fire danger in our area. Information on the project can be found at  https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/103976_FSPLT3_4176201.pdf

Time permitting, the public will have an opportunity to comment or you can send comments on the project to https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49124  until March 25. Please demonstrate by your presence the importance of this project to our community.

Wild Ideas! Chelan Douglas Land Trust Free Event

Chelan Douglas Land Trust will be hosting a FREE event on Friday March 1 2019, 5:30 – 7pm at the Pybus Event Center in Wenatchee, details here.

  • Social hour with Free food
  • Three Short 5 minute talks by local experts on
    • Chew on This:   Ecosystem restoration with Beavers
    • Team Naturaleza:  Bringing People and Nature together
    • Introducing the Amazing White-headed Woodpecker

Catch up with friends and meet new people interest in our land, water and trails.  Afterwards, grab dinner in Pybus Market and check out the Friday Night Music.

Chelan Douglas Land Trust is one of the Six Local Non-Profts supported by Lake Wenatchee Info, see We Support.

Leavenworth Bird Fest Registration Open

The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest will be held on May 16th to 19th.  Registration is now open and a number of sessions are expected to fill early.   For complete information see:  Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest.

Learn more about suicide risks, warning signs and local prevention efforts at two free community forums, 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Mountain Springs Lodge in Plain, and 6 p.m. March 5 at Cascade High School Library in Leavenworth. The forum will be led by Julie Rickard, founder of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington. Psychologist Maxwell Moholy, Behavioral Health Consultant at Cascade Medical, will also be on hand to discuss local resources for intervention and support. For more information, call Social Worker Katie Walker at 509-548-5815 or visit cascademedical.org.


Beaver Valley School will be having an auction to raise money for the best little 2-room schoolhouse around! The evening includes live music by Beth Whitney, a silent auction and live dessert auction. It will be held at Mountain Springs Lodge on March 15th from 6-9 pm. This event is Free and we look forward to you joining us!

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Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project

What is this project?
The Forest Service is in the earliest stages of collaborative planning for restoration work across nearly 75,000 acres in the Upper Wenatchee area near Plain, WA. The primary focus of the project is to restore forest health and resiliency by reestablishing forest structure, returning fire to the landscape, improving wildlife habitat, and improving watershed function.

The planning process is anticipated to last 2 ½ years, more than doubling the current pace of environmental analysis work. Formal planning will start in the spring of 2019 and continue through 2020.

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A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM this Saturday, February 23rd, for Roy B. “Byron” Dickinson who passed away at his home on Lake Wenatchee on January 29th.  The service will be held at the Pine River Ranch at 19668 SR 207.  In lieu of  flowers the family requests memorials in his honor be directed to Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue at 21696 Lake Wenatchee Highway, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

Byron was born on the north shore of Lake Wenatchee  where his parents had homesteaded and the entire Dickinson family has been an integral part of the history and business community of this area for these many years. Byron served his community and his nation honorably as a military officer and an always-involved citizen. A founder of the present Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, he bought the first fire engine in the area to protect his own property. He served as a commissioner of the fire district from it’s founding to the recent past. His knowledge of the history of the area was a resource that has served us all well. He was a giant among men in this area; his legacy will endure and his absence will be felt for a very long time.