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CDLT Trails Program Manager Hanne Beener gives an update about the Wenatchee Foothills trail system on this KOHO101 radio interview.

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A KOHO101 radio interview with Mayor Frank Kunz from Tues., March 31, 2020

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WENATCHEE — The Horse Lake Trail Runs scheduled for May 9 have been postponed until September 19 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, RunWenatchee announced in a press release Tuesday.

“It’s happening with a lot of races,” race director Joel Rhyner said Tuesday. “Everything from the Boston and Eugene marathon to trail races in the Methow Valley and Yakima. Basically, every race in the March, April and May window is either flat-out canceling or postponing till later in the year to try and salvage at least some of the season.”

The Land Trust has been working with our partners over the last week or so and the Sage Hills Trails system will open early this year – tomorrow, March 25th – a week earlier than the standard April 1st opening date.

As busy as the holiday season can be, I always look forward to the quiet and hush of winter in nature. It’s a great time to get outside with your family and focus on something you might miss the rest of the year.

Our evergreen, coniferous trees give us a bit of green all year round. And with a little practice, kids can learn to tell the difference and find out what these trees have to teach us.

So what is an evergreen, and what’s a conifer?

Chelan County Natural Resource Department has resurrected and revamped CDLT's Good Neighbor Handbook. Take a look at this fabulous resource!

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. 2 - April 1 of all Wenatchee Foothills trails north of Fifth Street.

A couple of months ago, in the column about exploring lakes and ponds, we talked about a lake’s watershed. Now, if you read that and your first thought was “is that a building that stores water?” — you’re not alone.

A watershed is all the land that drains water to a central location, such as a river, lake, or ocean. It’s important to know about our local watersheds, because what happens in one part of a watershed can affect all of us downstream.

So, this month, we’re learning about watersheds and discovering ways to explore them with kids.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has given what locals know as “Saddle Rock” an official name: Saddle Rock

Native American legend tells of Black Bear and Grizzly Bear constantly bickering until one day Coyote turned them both to stone, forming what early pioneers and settlers referred to as “Squaw Saddle”.

WENATCHEE — With 25 tons of arsenic-contaminated rock and soil, an articulating dump truck slowly moves down the lower end of Saddle Rock an average of 25 times a day. The truck can swivel in front of its load, able to make the sharp corners of the dirt road down the mountain.

Every fall, I end up with a huge pile of oak leaves in my yard. Last October, my mom visited and we ended up piling up leaves in creative ways, creating ephemeral art that blew away with the next gust of wind.

It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with family. The next day, we gathered them all up and added them to my compost pile. It will become rich soil for my garden next year.

Saddle Rock trail will be closed from the trailhead to the top of Saddle Rock
starting September 16th, 2019. Construction is scheduled to finish up by the end
of November. This project will remove mining waste rock piles which have
elevated arsenic levels. Dry Gulch will remain open during construction as well as the Saddle Rock trail on
the WRAC side.