Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2021 to 09/30/2021
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Chelan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Cle Elum Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Entiat Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Methow Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Naches Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Tonasket Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,  Wenatchee River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Becky Blanchard
503-808-2449
bpblanchard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52259
Location: UNIT - Glacier View Ranger District, Mt Baker Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Fortine Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District, Republic Ranger District, Tonasket Ranger District, Methow Valley Ranger District, Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Olympic National Forest All Units, Priest Lake Ranger District, Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Flathead, Glacier, Lincoln, Clallam, Ferry, Island, Jefferson, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Stevens, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The trail begins at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and travels 1,200 miles through 7 National Forests, 3 National Parks, BLM, state, tribal, municipal and private lands in MT, ID, WA.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Motorized Travel Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Sendi Kalcic
575-682-5307
sendi.kalcic@usda.gov 
Description: Designate roads/trails/areas open to motorized vehicle use outside of wilderness consistent with Travel Management Rule. Roads/trails/areas not designated as open would be closed to motorized use. Project does not address over-the-snow motorized use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46467
Location: UNIT - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan, Kittitas, Okanogan, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, outside Wilderness.
Planning and Management of Domestic Sheep and Goat Grazing within the range of Bighorn Sheep
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/17/2019
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:09/2022
 
10/2022 Morgan Lawson
(509)664-9208
morgan.lawson@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal to amend Land and Resource Management Plans to provide forest plan direction for managing domestic sheep and goat grazing within the range of Bighorn sheep to better provide for bighorn sheep viability in the context of range management.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53257
Location: UNIT - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan, Kittitas, Okanogan, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest within the Range of Bighorn Sheep.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Okanogan Forest Plan Amendments
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Meg Trebon
509-996-4032
mtrebon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend Okanogan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan standards and guidelines addressing management of Forest Plan Old Growth and vegetative cover used by deer.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58192
Location: UNIT - Tonasket Ranger District, Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan, Okanogan, Skagit, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Chelan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Box Canyon Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2014 
Expected:05/2021
 
05/2021 Paul Willard
509-682-4960
paul.willard@usda.gov 
Description: Construct approximately 5 miles of non-motorized trail from 25 Mile Creek Helibase to Box Canyon on the south shore of Lake Chelan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43304
Location: UNIT - Chelan Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan. LEGAL - T29N, R20E, Sections 14, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25. Proposed trail would be located northwest of 25 Mile Creek State Park.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Cle Elum Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gold Creek Valley Restoration
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/13/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2022 
Expected:06/2023
 
09/2023 Patricia GarveyDarda
509-852-1029
SM.FS.cmtcleelum@usda.gov 
Description: A multi-partner effort to recover Gold Creek bull trout populations by correcting habitat conditions which create significant mortality, reconnecting the creek and floodplain, and restoring natural processes. Provide recreation at this valued site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57415
Location: UNIT - Cle Elum Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Kittitas. LEGAL - T 22N, R 11E, Sec 1, 2, 10, 11, 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34, 35; T 21N, R 11E, Sec 1, 2, 11, 12. Gold Creek drainage near Alpine Lakes Wilderness to Lake Keechelus.
Potato Patch Plan of Operation
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2021 
Expected:01/2022  04/2022 Jamey Basye
509 852 1042
Jamey.Basye@usda.gov 
Description: Forest review of a submitted Plan of Operation for placer mining on claims associated with the Potato Patch mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59948
Location: UNIT - Cle Elum Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Kittitas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Potato Patch mine is in the Swauk watershed, north of the town of Liberty along HWY 97.
Swauk Mining Plans of Operation Analysis
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/30/2019 
Expected:09/2021
 
10/2021 Jamey Basye
509-852-1042
Jamey.Basye@usda.gov 
Description: This project will analyze ten mining Plans of Operations submitted to the Cle Elum Ranger District of the OWNF to fulfill responsibilities established by the 1872 Mining Law as amended and the Forest Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56466
Location: UNIT - Cle Elum Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Kittitas. LEGAL - Multiple Sections T.20N., R.17E., Sections 1, 3, 10, 11 12; T.20N., R.18E., Section 6, 13, 34; T.21N., R.17E., Sections 13, 23, 24, 33; T.21N., R.18E. Sections 19, 30; W.M. Claims are located in the Swauk Creek drainage.
Taneum Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/02/2019 
Expected:01/2022
 
02/2022 Jamey Basye
509-852-1042
Jamey.Basye@usda.gov 
Description: This project is evaluating opportunities for the restoration of riparian processes and forest vegetation structure and fuel patterns to improve forest resiliency to severe insect, disease, and wildfire disturbances and reduce the risk of habitat loss
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53450
Location: UNIT - Cle Elum Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Kittitas. LEGAL - T19N R14E, T19N R15E, T18N R15E. The project area encompasses the Taneum Drainage, specifically focused on the North Fork Taneum Watershed and the Taneum Creek Watershed. These areas are accessed primarily via FS rd 3300 and 3330.
Upper Kachess River Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/28/2019 
Expected:10/2021
 
05/2022 Eric Merten
509-852-1068
eric.merten@usda.gov 
Description: Improve habitat for bull trout (listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act) in approx. 1.7 miles of the Kachess River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56630
Location: UNIT - Cle Elum Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Kittitas. LEGAL - T. 22N, R. 13E, secs 5, 8, and 17. The Upper Kachess River from the low water level of Little Kachess Lake upstream to the confluence with Mineral Creek.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Entiat Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mad Roaring Mills Landscape Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/13/2021
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2021 
Expected:07/2022
 
07/2022 Ana Cerro timpone
509-784-4630
ana.v.cerro-timpone@usda.gov 
Description: Terrestrial and Aquatic restoration treatments in Lower Mad, Roaring Creek, Mills Creek-Entiat River watersheds.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59963
Location: UNIT - Entiat Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. lower Entiat Valley, encompassing the Lower Mad, Roaring Creek, and Mills Creek-Entiat River watersheds.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Methow Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T First Net at Flagg Mtn
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/26/2021  06/2021 Daniel Brown
509-996-4000
daniel.a.brown@usda.gov 
Description: At existing communication site on Flagg Mountain, add antennae and microwave dish to existing Intraspectrum tower; equipment building; and generator & fuel tanks. Part of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59624
Location: UNIT - Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Flagg Mtn Communication Site, 1 mile east of Mazama, WA.
Methow Valley District Office Fiber Optic Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2021 
Expected:07/2021
 
07/2021 Meg Trebon
509-996-4032
Margaret.Trebon@usda.gov 
Description: Replace internet connect with fiber optic line at district office.
Location: UNIT - Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Methow Valley Ranger District office, Winthrop, WA.
North Summit Recreation Area
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/18/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
10/2021 Rosemary Seifried
509/996-4021
rseifried@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop non-motorized trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking in the North Summit area on the Methow Valley Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59032
Location: UNIT - Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Frazer and South Fork Beaver Creek drainages in the vicinity of Loup Loup Ski Area.
Twisp Restoration
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/22/2020 
Expected:11/2021
 
01/2022 Eireann Pederson
509-682-4991
eireann.pederson@usda.gov 
Description: Landscape-scale aquatic and terrestrial restoration project including the Twisp River, Alder Creek, Rader Creek, and Wolf Creek drainages, excluding the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56554
Location: UNIT - Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area is SW, W, and NW of Twisp, Washington in the Alder Creek, Twisp River, Rader Creek, and Wolf Creek drainages.
U.S. Border Patrol Radio Repeaters Special Use Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/29/2020 
Expected:08/2021
 
08/2021 Meg Trebon
509-996-4032
mtrebon@fs.fed.us 
Description: U.S. Border Patrol proposes to install radio repeaters at existing communication sites on Flagg Mtn, Sweetgrass Butte, North Twentymile Peak, and Slate Peak.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58481
Location: UNIT - Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Communication Sites on Flagg Mtn, Sweetgrass Butte, North Twentymile Peak, and Slate Peak on the Methow Valley Ranger Districts, north/northwest of Winthrop, WA.
Waterline Special Use Permit Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/29/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
01/2022 Robert George
509-996-4062
robert.george@usda.gov 
Description: Renew 21 special use authorizations for existing waterlines less than 12" diameter with no change in the scope or intensity of permitted activities.
Location: UNIT - Methow Valley Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Waterlines are located across district in the Methow River, Twisp River, Chewuch River, Rader Cr, Libby Cr, and Gold Cr drainages.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Naches Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Little Naches Upland Restoration
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/31/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
02/2022 Joan StHilaire
509-653-1439
jsthilaire@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes commercial harvest and non-commercial thinning in the project area and road decommissioning in Inventoried Roadless Area. Storymap link: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=cc493b47b6c247c587f58db21e2a0d19
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58517
Location: UNIT - Naches Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forty miles Northwest of Naches, Washington.
Pacific Power Distribution Line Rebuild - Nile Hendrix Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/29/2021
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
01/2022 Jamey Basye
5098521042
Jamey.Basye@usda.gov 
Description: Pacific Power will upgrade 28 miles of distribution line and relocate parts of main distribution feeder to HWY 410 ROW (construct 14 linear miles); eight miles of distribution line will be removed from the current transmission right of way on Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59210
Location: UNIT - Naches Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This section of the Pacific Power transmission line parallels HWY 410 along the Little Naches and American rivers in Yakima county, Washington.
White Pass Ski Area Structure and Facility Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2021 
Expected:08/2021  09/2021 Lee Ellis
503-808-2121
lee.l.ellis@usda.gov 
Description: Construct an addition on the west side of High Camp Lodge to "mirror" the existing building and roofline, and would include composting toilets. Construct a new guest services building between the Main Lodge and the Great White Express chairlift.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60366
Location: UNIT - Naches Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located at White Pass Ski area, approximately 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainier National Park; 20 miles east of Packwood, WA; 50 miles west of Yakima, WA.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Tonasket Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Reed Ridge Hazardous Fuels Reduction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Shawn Plank
509-486-5150
splank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve timber stand and wildlife habitat by reducing risk of wildfire through ladder fuel reduction thinning and prescribed fire on up to 3000 acres of National Forest lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56272
Location: UNIT - Tonasket Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Okanogan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 4 miles west of Conconully, WA.
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,   Wenatchee River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Fork Mission Creek Road FS 7100 Closure and Trail Re-Route Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 Matt Karrer
509-548-2576
mkarrer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The intent of the proposed project is to remove the lower 2.8 miles of the 7100-000 road from the transportation system and provide access from 7101-000 to the upper 3.9 miles of the 7100-000 road by constructing a new trail in a better location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58880
Location: UNIT - Wenatchee River Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The existing road prism is located within the stream bottom and floodplain of East Fork Mission Creek.
Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort Expansion Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/26/2020 
Expected:07/2021
 
07/2021 Mason Schuur
509-548-2566
mschuur@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project is to amend the Mission Ridge Special Use Permit, building a new access road, constructing new alpine ski lifts and ski runs on Forest Service lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53981
Location: UNIT - Wenatchee River Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan. LEGAL - T21N R20E S30 and T21N R19E S24 and S25. Mission Ridge is about 8 miles southwest of Wenatchee, WA.
Upper Wenatchee Pilot Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 01/13/2021 
Expected:09/2021
 
10/2021 Paul Kelley
5095482583
pkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape scale aquatic and terrestrial restoration project which includes fuels, roads, vegetation, and aquatic habitat improvement treatments. Details also here: https://arcg.is/S1X4z https://www.facebook.com/784196435031210/videos/236848004676892
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49124
Location: UNIT - Wenatchee River Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan. LEGAL - T28N, R17E various sections; T27N, R17E various sections; T27N, R18E, various sections. Lake Wenatchee, Beaver Creek-Wenatchee River, Lower Chiwawa and Big Meadow subwatersheds.
Wenatchee River RD Outfitter and Guide Priority Special Use Permit Renewals
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/21/2019 
Expected:03/2021
 
03/2021 Leslie Moscoso
541-383-4712
lmoscoso@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes renewing five 10 year prioirty use permits for Outfitter and Guide services on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. Two permittees also operate on the Entat R.D. and are included in these renewals.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57066
Location: UNIT - Wenatchee River Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations with Wenatchee River Ranger District.
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