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As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust wants to remind the community of the annual trails closure from Dec. 1 - April 1 of all Wenatchee Foothills trails north of Fifth Street.

Change is in the air this time of year. The leaves are changing, and we’re hearing the familiar honk of Canada geese as they pass overhead.

But where do those geese come from, and where do they go? Kids may be surprised to learn that some of the geese they see flying above them came from the tundras of Alaska, and could be heading as far south as Southern California. Take a look at a map — it’s a pretty impressive journey!

Below, we’ll learn more about the amazing journeys animals are taking right now and explore some ways to learn more about them.

Budding herpetologist*, Torsten Watkins, is a 6th grader at Orchard Middle School and he likes to spend his free time seeking out native reptiles and amphibians.

He and his Dad often can be found “herping” in the Wenatchee foothills. Recently, they stopped by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust office to tell us the story of his June 2017 discovery of a species not previously known to live in the Wenatchee foothills – a Northern desert night snake (Hypsiglena tchlorophaea deserticola).

WENATCHEE — Two Cub Scouts showed their resourcefulness Saturday by using one huff-and-puff hike to earn two Webelos merit pins: one for outdoor adventure and one for civics.

Civics? East Wenatchee scouts Jesse Hix and Easton Haag, both 10, joined with 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins and nearly 70 constituents to hike — and sometimes scramble — up 1,500-foot Saddle Rock, the two-pronged geologic icon that has watched over Wenatchee for millennia.

Bob Parlette may no longer be with us, but his impact on our community will last for generations. With an unwavering focus, Bob saw the connections that trails made — individually and collectively; directly and indirectly — long before the rest of the community did. He inherently knew that getting people out on trails — walking, biking, horse-riding or dirt-biking — did so much for us. In an area of remarkable natural beauty, he helped us access and appreciate its splendor.

PESHASTIN — Volunteers came by the dozens on Saturday to build a riverfront trail on the old Peshastin Mill property, just west of Peshastin.

Many were members or friends of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and the Complete the Loop Coalition.

They came to be part of the first physical improvements on the 14-acre site, which the Coalition purchased last summer after raising $453,255 in donations.


One day this summer, a group of kids and I were hiking along on a local trail exploring the world of insects, when we came across a lizard. It was basking on a rock, and, we assumed, keeping an eye out for insects as well. The kids were fascinated and full of questions — they would have stayed there all day if we didn’t have to get back to the bus. 

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust volunteers made “Horse Lake Preserves” in the kitchen at NCW Technical Skills Center as a fundraiser for the organization. The preserves, made from the dry-land apricots at Horse Lake Reserve, will be available for a donation at the Land Trust Annual Dinner.

read more in the Wenatchee World


LAKE WENATCHEE — A group of Lake Wenatchee residents concerned about clearcutting on a highly visible ridge near here has begun negotiations with Weyerhaeuser to buy the land tagged for logging.

The group of mostly property owners from Lake Wenatchee housing developments and lakeshore homes met with Weyerhaeuser execs last week to forge a deal to buy the 206-acre piece on Nason Ridge and halt a proposal to clearcut much of the land.


It has been quite inspiring to witness Bob Bugert exercise his quiet, humble and effective leadership in executive roles with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust for the past decade. 

read complete Wenatchee World editorial here 

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust conducts once-a-month bird counts at its Mountain Home Preserve near Leavenworth. Videographer Hunter Brawley went on a bird count early Tuesday morning, July 18.

See the video at the Wenatchee World. 

A few months ago we explored pollinators — those creatures that help our flowering plants produce seeds. This month, I’ve been having a lot of fun observing butterflies flitting from flower to flower.

Just thinking about butterflies can bring a smile to my face. They seem to embody everything that is good about the world — wildlife, flight, beauty, and flowers.

Let’s learn a bit about butterflies and explore ways to get your kids excited about the butterflies they might see in their neighborhood.