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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.

Sometimes technology can take over kids’ lives to the point where they don’t get enough healthy nature connection.

Through nature photography, we can harness that obsession with gadgets and pair it with a natural fascination with the more-than-human world.

And while having a quality camera can definitely give a leg up, any old camera phone or point and shoot camera can create interesting photos. Just use whatever you have on hand.

LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust announced Tuesday it's secured a new 40-acre parcel on the White River watershed, helping complete a network of floodplain and riverfront land held for conservation.

The $160,000 purchase will help maintain habitat and improve public access on the Lower White River where it empties into Lake Wenatchee. It's one of the few properties in the lower five miles of the river that was not owned or managed by the Land Trust, U.S. Forest Service or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As the weather warms, we start to see more thunderstorms roll in from the mountains. Personally, I have loved the flash of lightning, the sound of thunderstorms, and the idea of so much energy bouncing around in the sky since I was a kid. 
Here are some ways to explore thunderstorms with your family. 

During the summer of 2019 CDLT is allowing several partner organizations to use our properties to access the river and improve habitat for salmon and steelhead.  From July 8 to 12 all of the CDLT Entiat Stillwaters properties will be closed to the public because helicopters will be flying logs over the area and the nearby river.  In addition, three of these properties (Bremer, Tyee Confluence, and Troy) will be closed to the public from July 1 to Sept 1 due to heavy equipment operation operating in the fields and along the riverbanks.

WENATCHEE — In a few weeks, hikers of the Jacobsen Preserve will have a story to read.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, with help from the North Central Regional Library, is installing pages from a children’s book to encourage kids to read and go outside.

“It’s something else for kids to do that will foster an appreciation of both those things,” said Kathy Peven, the land trust’s communications coordinator.

Here in North Central Washington, we are surrounded by wildflowers in the spring. It truly is a magical time of year.


It’s easy to love being outside when the weather is beautiful and the hills are covered in green velvet, yellow balsamroot and purple-blue lupine. Farther up valley, we may be seeing calypso orchids, or other forest-dwelling flowers.

Let’s explore how to use the beauty of wildflowers to capture your children’s imagination and help them fall in love with nature.

WENATCHEE — Though normally prohibited, ATVs will be on Saddle Rock next week. GeoEngineers will use them for surveying as part of a project involving removing waste rock piles.

read more in the Wenatchee World

LAKE WENATCHEE — The recently approved state capital budget doesn’t include funding for a Nason Ridge community forest pilot program, but the project could still become a reality.

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, introduced a bill this past legislative session to establish a community forest pilot program under the state Department of Natural Resources. It passed the Senate but never made it to a vote on the House floor.

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.

Sometimes technology can take over kids’ lives to the point where they don’t get enough healthy nature connection.

Through nature photography, we can harness that obsession with gadgets and pair it with a natural fascination with the more-than-human world.

And while having a quality camera can definitely give a leg up, any old camera phone or point and shoot camera can create interesting photos. Just use whatever you have on hand.

LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust announced Tuesday it's secured a new 40-acre parcel on the White River watershed, helping complete a network of floodplain and riverfront land held for conservation.

The $160,000 purchase will help maintain habitat and improve public access on the Lower White River where it empties into Lake Wenatchee. It's one of the few properties in the lower five miles of the river that was not owned or managed by the Land Trust, U.S. Forest Service or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As the weather warms, we start to see more thunderstorms roll in from the mountains. Personally, I have loved the flash of lightning, the sound of thunderstorms, and the idea of so much energy bouncing around in the sky since I was a kid. 
Here are some ways to explore thunderstorms with your family. 

During the summer of 2019 CDLT is allowing several partner organizations to use our properties to access the river and improve habitat for salmon and steelhead.  From July 8 to 12 all of the CDLT Entiat Stillwaters properties will be closed to the public because helicopters will be flying logs over the area and the nearby river.  In addition, three of these properties (Bremer, Tyee Confluence, and Troy) will be closed to the public from July 1 to Sept 1 due to heavy equipment operation operating in the fields and along the riverbanks.

WENATCHEE — In a few weeks, hikers of the Jacobsen Preserve will have a story to read.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, with help from the North Central Regional Library, is installing pages from a children’s book to encourage kids to read and go outside.

“It’s something else for kids to do that will foster an appreciation of both those things,” said Kathy Peven, the land trust’s communications coordinator.

Here in North Central Washington, we are surrounded by wildflowers in the spring. It truly is a magical time of year.


It’s easy to love being outside when the weather is beautiful and the hills are covered in green velvet, yellow balsamroot and purple-blue lupine. Farther up valley, we may be seeing calypso orchids, or other forest-dwelling flowers.

Let’s explore how to use the beauty of wildflowers to capture your children’s imagination and help them fall in love with nature.

WENATCHEE — Though normally prohibited, ATVs will be on Saddle Rock next week. GeoEngineers will use them for surveying as part of a project involving removing waste rock piles.

read more in the Wenatchee World

LAKE WENATCHEE — The recently approved state capital budget doesn’t include funding for a Nason Ridge community forest pilot program, but the project could still become a reality.

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, introduced a bill this past legislative session to establish a community forest pilot program under the state Department of Natural Resources. It passed the Senate but never made it to a vote on the House floor.

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.

Sometimes technology can take over kids’ lives to the point where they don’t get enough healthy nature connection.

Through nature photography, we can harness that obsession with gadgets and pair it with a natural fascination with the more-than-human world.

And while having a quality camera can definitely give a leg up, any old camera phone or point and shoot camera can create interesting photos. Just use whatever you have on hand.

LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust announced Tuesday it's secured a new 40-acre parcel on the White River watershed, helping complete a network of floodplain and riverfront land held for conservation.

The $160,000 purchase will help maintain habitat and improve public access on the Lower White River where it empties into Lake Wenatchee. It's one of the few properties in the lower five miles of the river that was not owned or managed by the Land Trust, U.S. Forest Service or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As the weather warms, we start to see more thunderstorms roll in from the mountains. Personally, I have loved the flash of lightning, the sound of thunderstorms, and the idea of so much energy bouncing around in the sky since I was a kid. 
Here are some ways to explore thunderstorms with your family. 

During the summer of 2019 CDLT is allowing several partner organizations to use our properties to access the river and improve habitat for salmon and steelhead.  From July 8 to 12 all of the CDLT Entiat Stillwaters properties will be closed to the public because helicopters will be flying logs over the area and the nearby river.  In addition, three of these properties (Bremer, Tyee Confluence, and Troy) will be closed to the public from July 1 to Sept 1 due to heavy equipment operation operating in the fields and along the riverbanks.

WENATCHEE — In a few weeks, hikers of the Jacobsen Preserve will have a story to read.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, with help from the North Central Regional Library, is installing pages from a children’s book to encourage kids to read and go outside.

“It’s something else for kids to do that will foster an appreciation of both those things,” said Kathy Peven, the land trust’s communications coordinator.

Here in North Central Washington, we are surrounded by wildflowers in the spring. It truly is a magical time of year.


It’s easy to love being outside when the weather is beautiful and the hills are covered in green velvet, yellow balsamroot and purple-blue lupine. Farther up valley, we may be seeing calypso orchids, or other forest-dwelling flowers.

Let’s explore how to use the beauty of wildflowers to capture your children’s imagination and help them fall in love with nature.

WENATCHEE — Though normally prohibited, ATVs will be on Saddle Rock next week. GeoEngineers will use them for surveying as part of a project involving removing waste rock piles.

read more in the Wenatchee World

LAKE WENATCHEE — The recently approved state capital budget doesn’t include funding for a Nason Ridge community forest pilot program, but the project could still become a reality.

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, introduced a bill this past legislative session to establish a community forest pilot program under the state Department of Natural Resources. It passed the Senate but never made it to a vote on the House floor.