Nason Ridge

LAKE WENATCHEE, Washington—Washington’s newest community forest was brought to life on Thursday, April 14 when Western Rivers Conservancy transferred the 3,714-acre Nason Ridge property on Lake Wenatchee to Chelan County.

Six community forest projects to be funded in the capital budget

Learning to read the forest is an acquired skill. Come learn from an expert! Join forest health specialist Connie Mehmel on a hike along Nason Ridge and learn about the interactions of trees, understory plants, insects and diseases in this beautiful and diverse forest.

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.

OLYMPIA — The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to establish a community forest pilot program.

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 5873, which passed with a 41-5 vote. It now heads to the House of Representatives.

LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust raised $1.1 million in four months to contribute to the purchase of Nason Ridge — moving one step closer to keeping the 3,714 acres of forested land accessible to the public forever. “We hit and passed our goal in a short amount of time,” said Curt Soper, the land trust’s executive director.

Fundraising campaign now underway to ensure permanent protection of Nason Ridge Trail and the fish and wildlife of Lake Wenatchee, the Wenatchee River and Nason Creek.  

If ever there existed a place where timber is more valuable as scenery than as plywood, the south shore of Lake Wenatchee is it.

Anyone who has spent time at Lake Wenatchee State Park understands this. The park, one of the most popular in the state, sits just below Nason Ridge, with clear views of the forested hillside.

May 21, 2018          
Western Rivers Conservancy, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and the Lake Wenatchee Community team up to protect recreation and habitat across a spectacular mountainside over Lake Wenatchee


LAKE WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and Western Rivers Conservancy have teamed up to work on permanently conserving Lake Wenatchee’s Nason Ridge.

“There’s a tremendous amount of interest in seeing this area conserved in the greater Lake Wenatchee community,” Sue Doroff, president of Western Rivers Conservancy, said Monday.