Upcoming: EWE Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party July 23 2022

Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party

Naneum

Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions and the Department of Natural Resources
9:30 AM Saturday July 23 2022

THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT OPEN TO EVERYONE

This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

GENERAL INFO
Join DNR staff and partners from Eastern Washington Expeditions to pick up litter and help maintain the Naneum Ridge State Forest. The Clean Up starts at 9:30AM Saturday July 23rd, 2022, at The Orchard. Sign in before 9:45 AM. Make sure you say if you need a day pass.

DNR NANEUM CLEAN UP LINK:
dnr.wa.gov/event/naneum-green-dot-clean

FEE

  • A Discover Pass is required for all Street licensed vehicles to be in the Naneum Ridge State Forest.
  • Volunteers are eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.
  • The event is free to attend.

WHAT TO BRING
Volunteers should weather-appropriate clothing, gloves, boots, water, lunch and a legal four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate green dot roads.

DIRECTIONS
Brick Mill Rd, North on Cooke Canyon Rd., West on Coleman Rd. and follow the main road to the Orchard.

CAMPING INFORMATION
A Discover Pass is required for all street licensed vehicles that are parked for camping. Everyone is welcome to camp at the Eastern Washington Expeditions Base Camp Friday July 22 – Sunday July 24th. Meet & Greets Friday and Saturday evenings.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
https://www.dnr.wa.gov/go#trail-maps-an … oad-maps.1
Green Dot Map of Naneum Ridge State Forest: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/amp … 012019.pdf

WHAT TO EXPECT
See photos of past volunteer events: 2018, 2017

COMMS
CB #7

TO SIGN UP
If you would like to attend please use the Contact Us page to let us know.
Let us know if you need us to save room for an RV, Trailer, or tent.
NOTE: By signing up you are expected to follow the rules of the land and Tread Lightly.

THE LIST:
Ceg – YJ, F350 with camper & trailer.
TJ40 – TJ, F350 with camper & trailer.
Charlie – ZJ
Doc – YJ

THE SCHEDULE:

Friday
– Anytime: Set up camp.
– 7:00 (or so): Propane Campfire fun

Saturday
– 9:30 AM: Check in with DNR Staff at The Orchard.
– 3:00 PM: Return DNR tools and trash in to The Orchard. (Subject to change)
– 3:30 PM: Head out to run the backroads of the Naneum State Forest.
– 5:00 PM or so: Start heading back to camp for Dinner.
– 7:00 (or so): Propane Campfire fun

Sunday
– 10:00 AM: Maybe take a drive and then come back to pack up for home.

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Upcoming: EWE Northern Cle Elum Ranger District 4×4 Overland Trip July 11-14 2022

EWE Northern Cle Elum Ranger District
4×4 Overland Trip

WABDR

Northern Cle Elum Ranger District 4×4 Overland Trip
(WABDR Sec 3, Liberty & Gallagher Head Lake)

Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
Monday July 11 2022 at 10 AM – Thursday July 14 2022

GENERAL INFO:
Eastern Washington Expeditions is hosting a “Northern Cle Elum Ranger District 4×4 Overland Trip” to explore the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) Section 3, Liberty 4×4 Trails, and Gallagher Head Lake Area. We will camp on the trail for 3 nights. 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.

THE SCHEDULE:

  • Monday July 11 we will meet in Ellensburg at 10 AM with full tanks of fuel. We will convoy through WABDR Section 3 and fueling up in Wenatchee or Cashmere. We will make a loop back up and camp near Lion Rock.
  • Tuesday we will hit the trails of Liberty and camp there somewhere.
  • Wednesday we will air up and convoy to Cle Elum to fuel up. Then head to Gallagher Lake to camp the night.
  • Thursday we may hit some trails before heading home.

FEES:
This a Free to attend event. You will need to bring your own rig, gear, and food. You will need money for fuel. A Discover Pass maybe required at some stops.

REQUIREMENTS: You must have a working Street licensed 4 wheel drive to do this trip. Smaller rigs are suggested due to 4×4 trails may be tight. Please have a full tank of fuel, recovery gear, and cold weather gear. We are spending three nights on the trail so you will need to bring a tent, food, and supplies. Bring plenty of water and things you need to be safe from the sun. (A Discover Pass maybe required.)
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.

MAPS
Cle Elum Ranger District ORV Map West
Cle Elum Ranger District ORV Map East

COMMS: CB #7

FUEL: Please have a full tank of fuel to start with in Ellensburg. We will top off in Cle Elum on Wednesday on the way to Gallagher Head Lake.

CAMPING: Bring what you would need to camp in the mountains. It could be very hot or cold in the day and cold at night.

FOOD: Bring enough food for 4 days and three nights. On this trip we may have the time to cook lunch for those who what to.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Click to see photos of the 2021 WABDR Section 3 Trip
Click to see photos of the 2020 Liberty Trip
Click for 2021 Gallagher Head Overland 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 – JKU
Doc – XJ
Don – XJ
Sev & Foxracer – JLU 4xE
TJ40 – TJ

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Upcoming: EWE Bethel Ridge 4×4 Overland Trip June 24-26 2022

EWE Bethel Ridge 4X4 Overland Trip

WABDR

Bethel Ridge 4×4 Overland Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
Friday 6/24 – Sunday 6/26/2022

GENERAL INFO
Eastern Washington Expeditions is hosting a 4×4 overland trip in the Bethel Ridge Area. This trip will be more for the camping and cooking on the trail experience than lots of trail miles. We will camp on the trail for 2 nights. Part of the trip will follow the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) Section 2. We will also explore 4×4 trails and roads around the area. 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.

FEES:
This a Free to attend event. You will need to bring your own rig, gear, and food. You will need money for fuel. A Discover Pass is required at some stops.

REQUIREMENTS: You must have a working Street licensed 4 wheel drive to do this trip. Smaller rigs are suggested due to some Bethel Ridge 4×4 trails may be tight. Please have a full tank of fuel, recovery gear, and cold weather gear. We are spending two nights on the trail so you will need to bring a tent, food, and supplies. Bring plenty of water and things you need to be safe from the sun. (A Discover Pass is required.)
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.

MAPS
Oak Creek PDF of the Map. You can download the map onto your phone by following info on the DNR Mobile Maps Page.
Yakima County Sheriff ORV Map

COMMS: CB #7

FUEL: Please have a full tank of fuel to start with.

CAMPING: Bring what you would need to camp in the mountains. It could be very hot or cold in the day and cold at night.

FOOD: Bring enough food for 3 days and two nights. On this trip we have time to cook lunch for those who what to. Maybe do a Potluck dinner Saturday night?

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Click for photos from the last trip through WABDR Section 2
Click for photos from the last Bethel Ridge Trip
Click for photos from 2013 Nile Camp-out and 4×4 Adventure

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 – JKU
Doc – XJ
Charlie – XJ
TJ40 – TJ

 

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FS News – Fee changes go into effect this season for Forest Service recreation sites in central Washington

USDA Forest Service News – Fee changes go into effect this season for Forest Service recreation sites in central Washington

Forest Service News Release
Media Contact: Victoria Wilkins, Public Affairs Officer
(509) 470-4588
victoria.wilkins@usda.gov
Fee changes go into effect this season for many Forest Service recreation sites in central Washington
Wenatchee, WA (May 26, 2022) – As recreationists plan their summer trips and get ready for the upcoming holiday weekend, they may notice new fees at a number of recreation sites on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. After extensive public outreach and consultation, the forest received approval from Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa to implement fee changes and establish new fees at certain recreation sites. Visitors will start seeing the new fees in place as recreation sites open for Memorial Day weekend and the summer recreation season.
“Raising fees will help offset the increased costs of maintenance at the sites. We are grateful for the support we received to make these changes,” said Forest Forest Supervisor Kristin Bail. “This is a much needed adjustment, as the last time fee increases occurred on recreation sites in the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest was in 2010.”
A list of the approved fee sites is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/recreationfees
The Northwest Forest Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, and other passes normally accepted at day use sites will be accepted at new day use fee sites and continues to be accepted at previously established day use fee sites.
A public comments period on the proposed changes was conducted in the summer of 2021. Comments from the public were considered and the proposal was presented to the Okanogan-Wenatchee Resource Advisory Committee in October 2021. The committee recommended approval of the proposed fee changes, which then went to the Regional Forester for final approval. This decision includes sites on the Tonasket Ranger District, which is now administered by the Colville National Forest.
 “Recreation fees and money collected from overnight rentals and campgrounds is kept on the forest to operate and maintain these sites. Besides routine operation and maintenance, monies are used to chip away at major projects to reduce backlog maintenance, fix old or install new picnic tables and toilets, and more,” Cable said.
Fee increases will not immediately be in place at all approved sites. Some sites are currently closed due to fire impacts or other maintenance needs or are getting upgrades to improve conditions before implementing raised or new fees, while some need fee collection infrastructure and signs installed before fees can be collected.
The majority of campgrounds and recreation sites have been opening normally for the season as permitted by snow melt and site conditions. Most campgrounds will be open in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to the camping season. There are still several sites affected by fire impacts from last season or that may have remaining maintenance needs before they can safely open, so users are encouraged to check on status ahead of their visit.
Forest Recreation Program Manager Suzanne Cable notes, “Not all sites become accessible at the same time. It takes time to get to sites ready and some sites may have sustained damage over the winter that takes longer to repair. Although many trails have melted out, we had several late season snow storms this year so please be patient and prepared for patches of snow and down trees blocking trails during the early part of the season and until late summer for higher elevation areas. It’s important to check conditions before your visit to ensure the location you have in mind is open and accessible.”
Information on recreation sites is available on the forest website at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – Recreation.
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EWE Shop Report: Today we went and got free rocks

EWE Shop Report: Today we went and got free rocks.
We took Bambi (our little John Deere) and got free rocks from a friend’s lot next to Suntides Market to use behind the Club House. Some of the smaller rock will stay in this lane so we can get the trailer out in the winter. The soil is clay so when wet you sink. Right now the lane looks like some of the places we wheel.

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