What are we currently working on?
The North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative holds full-group meetings on a quarterly basis through the year with specific project work conducted by standing and ad hoc workgroups under the guidance of a Steering Committee. Workgroup membership is composed of various members on a voluntary basis. These workgroups bring discussion topics and recommendations to the Steering Committee for guidance and to the full group for decisions. Currently our workgroups are:
- Engaging with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on several priority projects to provide diverse stakeholder input early in project development and to build stakeholder consensus around social, ecological and economic elements. The following projects reflect landscapes in 3 ranger districts where the Forest Service has identified restoration needs, and which are currently undergoing analysis to better define the scope of those needs. No proposed actions have been developed to begin a public engagement process yet. We will provide links to further information on these projects as they become available.
- Upper Peshastin Project, Wenatchee River Ranger District
- Hull, Tonasket Ranger District
- Chelan County Pilot, Chelan Ranger District
- Light Project, Tonasket Ranger District
- Engaging in projects further along in their development where collaborative input may increase support for implementation, monitoring, and/or adjusting to changed conditions, such as:
- South Summit Project, Methow Valley Ranger District. This project area burned in the Carlton Complex fire, and we are engaging with the Forest Service as we explore what restoration options remain or have arisen in this landscape.
- Annie Restoration Project, Tonasket Ranger District.
- Dinkelman and TillicumProjects, Entiat Ranger District.
- Twenty-Five Mile Project, Chelan Ranger District
- Engaging in the development and local implementation of policies and legislation that can help to increase the pace and footprint of restoration on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Chelan and Okanogan counties. For example, the collaborative submitted a letter to State Forester Aaron Everett requesting potential insect and disease treatment area designations in Chelan and Okanogan counties on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as defined in the Agricultural Act of 2014, Sec. 8204.
- Conducting targeted outreach and education to increase knowledge about the need for restoration in the region in coordination with community partners.
Learn more about the discussions happening at our meetings and the activities of our workgroups by looking through our documents library.
- South Summit Forest and Fuels II
All North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative full group meetings are open to anyone interested, and we welcome new perspectives and engagement. You can also review previous agendas and meeting summaries, or Collaborative documents. Contact Sarah Walker, UCSRB, to learn more about getting involved at (509) 662-4710, firstname.lastname@example.org.