Upcoming: EWE Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip – Nov 25 2023

EWE Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip

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Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
Saturday November 25 2023

GENERAL INFO
Eastern Washington Expeditions is hosting a Christmas Tree 4×4 Trip. This event is free but there are a limited number of rig spots available. So it is on a first-sign up basis after club members.

DATE: Saturday November 25 2023

TIME: 10 AM

MEETING LOCATION: To be announced.

SLEDDING: There maybe time to sled. Bring them if you have room.

FEES:
This a Free to attend event. If you want a Christmas Tree, you must get a permit and cut it down with your own saw. They sell Christmas Tree at most hardware stores.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TRAIL: You must have a working Street licensed 4 wheel drive. Please have a full tank of fuel, recovery gear, and cold weather gear. Bring a sack type lunch since we may not stop very long at places along the way. Be prepared for mud and snow. Be prepared to get stuck if there is snow. Know your recovery points and have recovery gear.
NOTE: By signing up you are expected to follow the rules of the land and Tread Lightly. The roads/Trails can get soft this time of year. Spinning your tires intentionally on wet surfaces causes damage and is illegal. These actions have caused closures.

COMMS: CB #7

FUEL: Please have a full tank of fuel to start with. There is no fuel stations on our route.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Click for photos of the 2022 EWE Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip

SIGN UP
Contact us if you would like to attend. Please do not just show up out of the blue. If you would like to attend please use the Contact Us page. Space is limited.

THE LIST
Ceg – YJ

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Photos: EWE Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip

Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions

Report by Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday November 16th 2022, we met up at Oak creek Ace Hardware in Naches. On this trip we had 4 rigs with 9 people.

We convoyed to Little Naches. FS19 was covered with snow and was slick. We turned up FS1906 and the snow got deeper.

We turned up 872 and got to run fresh snow. Odo had to clear one down tree for us to get through. At the end of 872 we turned around. On the way back down we found some nice Christmas Trees.

We got back on FS1906 and ran it up to the end just to play in the snow a little more. Odo cooked Bratwurst and Hot Cocoa. The kids played in the snow and we kept warm around the propane campfire.

After lunch we ran FS1961 up. Close to the top we had to turn around since some of the rigs behind us were having problem. Santa’s Sleigh (93 YJ) had no issues and loves the snow. We ran FS1906 back out. We said our goodbyes at Scott aired back up.

Here are a few photos of the EWE Christmas Tree Snow Wheeling Trip:

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News: 2022 Green Dot Public Comment Responses

2022 Green Dot Public Comment Responses

https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/2022%20WDFW%20and%20DNR%20Green%20Dot%20responses.pdf

2022 Green Dot Public Comment Responses
From Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Natural Resources (DNR) Thank you to those who provided public comment on the proposed changes to the Green Dot Road Management System. We are hopeful that in 2023, we can host a in person meeting to share updates, answer questions, and get comment on road management.

WDFW Responses

STEMILT AREA
Overall, there was support for the seasonal gate closures to protect roads from damage in the spring when they are wet. Gates will only be closed at the end of the winter rec season to restrict wheeled vehicles from accessing the roads until they dry out. The groomed routes will still be open for snowmobile and tracked UTV/ATV in coordination with the State Parks Winter Recreation Program.

BARBER SPRINGS
Overall, there was support for adding this road network to the Green Dot System. We do want to clarify that this was never a “public road” or right of way for public use. It was a road on a mix of private and DNR managed lands, while it had high levels of public use it was never authorized by the landowners. It is now a legal route for motorized access to adjacent US Forest Service lands.

LOWER BUFFALO ROAD
Overall, there was support for permanently adding this road to the Green Dot System. The road will be upgraded, and a parking area will be added at the Skyline Trailhead.

GREEN DOT EDUCATION
WDFW will be hiring a Green Dot/Motorized Rec education position that will be patrolling Green Dot roads and working with WDFW Police to educate and enforce Green Dot rules. This will help address ongoing issues in the area and provide a consistent WDFW presence to answer questions, provide education on rules, and address violations in a proactive manner.

DNR Responses

MID-ELEVATION GATES
Installing additional gates in the Ahtanum State Forest will allow the land managers to open lower elevations sooner than we have been able to in recent years. Allowing earlier access to the lower elevations of the Ahtanum State Forest increases access for recreation and hunting opportunities to more than what was previously available at that time. The intent of these gates is to give more access to wheeled vehicles earlier in the season and allow winter recreation users more time at higher elevations when the conditions are desirable. Comments received reflected this balance of user group needs and
the Agency feels like this is a user driven compromise.

SEASONAL CLOSURE CONSISTENCY
The term “seasonal closure” in the Green Dot Road System has come to be defined as Dec. 10 to May 1 on DNR-managed lands in Yakima County. These dates allow for winter recreation (in areas designated for that) as well as areas of refuge for wintering animals and protection of the road systems from damage while the road prism is soft. Enacting a standardized seasonal closure will allow users to know definitively when gates will be open and closed every season and not have to play a guessing game. The land in the Ahtanum is still accessible during seasonal closures, just not by wheeled motorized vehicles.

TRACKED UTVs
DNR plans to work together with State Parks Winter Recreation Program and the Snowmobile Advisory Committee to best determine how to control wheeled access to groomed snowmobile routes while also allowing Tracked UTV/ATV’s. This is a relatively new recreational use that the Parks Winter Recreation Program is promoting on DNR lands and more discussion and thought needs to go into how best to manage this use. The agency would like to hear more about how to accomplish this balance in a creative
way.

ROAD MAINTENANCE
Thanks to the advocacy of WA Trails Association and many other recreation user groups, the DNR was awarded funds to catch up on the maintenance backlog tied to recreation opportunities. Some of these funds will go towards improving drainage and surfacing on green dot roads in the Ahtanum and Naneum Ridge State Forests.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY
Recently, the region had the opportunity to develop a new Education & Enforcement Warden position aimed at providing an educational presence in the Ahtanum State Forest, as well as the ability to write tickets when necessary. The pilot project was only a matter of months but showed great success. Users reported to us they were happy to see a consistent presence on the landscape from someone who could answer questions or provide resources for other information. At the end of that pilot, it was clear to the region that this position needed to be a full-time addition. In March 2022, the region hired a full time
Education & Enforcement Warden to help continue the good work our part time warden accomplished during the pilot period. This position will supplement the Natural Resource Police Officer assigned to the south half of Southeast Region to provide a more consistent presence in Yakima County. The Agency also relies on users and clubs to educate each other on responsible recreation and rules governing the privileges of outdoor recreation on public lands.

HATTON ROAD
The removal of a portion of Hatton Road over private property within the Green Dot Road Management System is an administrative update that was overlooked in 2018 when no private landowner agreement was established. Private landowners’ participation in the Green Dot program is entirely voluntary. DNR and WDFW attempted to establish Cooperative Road Management Agreements with each private landowner within the Green Dot Road Management System where a Green Dot Road crossed their private property. The Departments were not able to obtain agreements from the landowners asserting
their private property rights, meaning we cannot offer those portions of the roads to be used by the public. The Green Dot posts have been removed in this location since the agreement was not established. The map will now match what is on the ground.

R5081 REMOVAL
Removal of the R5081 road from the map is an administrative update. The map will now match what is on the ground. There are no open roads off the R5081 and it did not provide a loop opportunity. The area is still open for non-motorized recreational use.

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Photos: A weekend in Goose Prairie

A weekend in Goose Prairie

Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Friday November 11th 2022 we headed up to Camp Fife for the weekend to do some work. We stayed in the Curtis Gilbert Lodge.

We gave Charlie a small birthday party Friday night. He turned 19 years old.

The nights were cold but the wood burning stove kept us warm. Saturday and Sunday it was nice during the day. It was hard to leave the beauty of Goose Prairie to go back home Sunday afternoon.

Here are a few photos of the weekend.

Goose Prairie

Goose Prairie

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Goose Prairie

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Thank you to our fellow Veterans. God Bless America!

Thank you to our fellow Veterans.
God Bless America!

Veterans Day

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