Photos: 10th Annual EWA Slab ORV Meet & Greet

Eastern Washington Adventures
10th Annual EWA Slab ORV Meet & Greet
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday February  7th, 2015 the Eastern Washington Adventures group and some others met up at The Slab in Zillah, Washington for the10th annual Eastern Washington Adventures Meet & Greet.

This event was a lot of fun thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the EWA Slab Meet & Greet:

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News: DNR meeting tonight for proposed land exchange to access to BBQ Flats

Notice of Public Hearing for BBQ Flats Exchange No. 86-092173

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Selah Fire Hall (206 West Fremont Avenue, Selah, WA 98942) to provide information and receive testimony on a proposed land exchange with John and Linda Ashbaugh. Please see the attached fact sheet for this proposal. Click Here!

The hearing will begin at 6:30 PM with a short informational presentation and an opportunity to ask questions before the formal testimony begins. A summary of testimony will be included in the presentation of the exchange to the Board of Natural Resources.

Written testimony will be accepted through January 31, 2015. Letters should be addressed to the State of Washington, Department of Natural Resources, Conservation, Recreation, & Transactions Division, ATTN: Machelle Leal, Exchange No. 86-092173, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014. Testimony may also be emailed to machelle.leal@dnr.wa.gov (please include the exchange name in the subject line). For more information, contact Todd Welker, Southeast Region Manager, at (509) 925-0954.

Machelle Leal
Property & Acquisition Specialist

Asset Planning & Transactions

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Phone: 360-902-1256
machelle.leal@dnr.wa.gov


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News: Open House on the Naches Ranger District – January 21 2015

Naches Ranger District Public Affairs Assistant, Darren Goodding, 509-653-1411
For immediate release: January 14, 2015

Open House on the Naches Ranger District

NACHES— The Naches Ranger Station is hosting an open house for the public on Wednesday, January 21, from 3 to 6 pm. This is an opportunity to meet district staff, learn more about forest management, and provide input on projects and activities.

“We accomplish so much on this district because of the involvement of our partners who invest time in volunteering and planning projects,” said Kelly Lawrence, Naches District Ranger. “People are a vital part of the forest and I can’t do my job if I don’t hear what’s important to you,” she added.

The open house will provide an avenue for participants to talk about forest management and the role of the forest in the lives of local community members and families. Ongoing and planned projects include restoring forest ecosystems to reduce the risk of wildfire and improve fish and wildlife habitat, contributing to the local economy through timber sales, and improving trails and campgrounds. Many volunteer opportunities are also planned for the year.

For more information contact Darren Goodding at the Naches Ranger District, 509-653-1411.

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Darren Goodding, CCF
Forestry Technician – Public Affairs Assistant – Special Uses Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District
p: 509-653-1401 ot 509-653-1411
f: 509-653-2638
darrenbgoodding@fs.fed.us

10237 U.S. Highway 12
Naches, WA 98937
http://www.fs.fed.us


 

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Photos: EWA New Year’s Colockum Snow Wheeling Run

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New Year’s Colockum Snow Wheeling Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Thursday January 1st, 2015 Eastern Washington Adventures Members met up at Curly’s II in Kittitas, Washington for the annual New Year’s Day Wheeling Run. On this run we had only 2 Jeeps. Foxracer’s TJ and my JK.

Around 10 AM we convoyed to Colockum Road and aired down at the parking area near the edge of the forest.

We moved on up Colockum Road following a group from Off-Camber.com. We past a few and got mixed in with their group.

During one of the breaks, we saw some snowmobilers taking photos of the rigs and harassing the guys wheeling. We talk to some of the wheelers, they said the snowmobilers were yelling at them saying they could not be there with rigs and they were turning us in. That is too bad those snowmobilers cannot get along with other type recreationalist. We know for a fact we have the right to drive in the snow a long Colockum Road (a Kittitas County road) and any Green Dot Roads that are not groomed. Snowmobilers turn us in on our Colockum 4×4 Snow Run on Feb 26 2011. I talked to the DNR over them turning us in from that run. Mike Williams, the Recreation Manager of the Nanuem Ridge State Forest said in the snow we just needed to track the roads and we would be legal as long as we did not travel cross county or cause resource damage.

We dropped out of the Off-Camber group at Halfway Station and took a break. As we were there, we heard a loud 2 stroke snowmobile cross through the Coffin Game Reserve. It sounded like the one that was with the snowmobilers taking photos of us. I believe it is illegal to even ride snowmobile in the Coffin Game Reserve. Maybe they should turn themselves in.🙂

After the break at Halfway Station, we back tracked down Colockum Road. A long the way, Foxracer’s right rear tire came halfway off the rim. In no time they had the tire back on and aired up.

At the power lines we tried to take Road 14 and make our way over and out Parke Creek. Well the snow drifts were to deep and dry snow where we could not get up on top. We turned around and head back down Colockum Road toward the Valley.

We aired up where we had aired down that morning. We dropped off one of the riders in Kittitas. Since Curly’s was closed, we then headed across the valley to Durr Road. We took Durr Road over to Selah back to the EWA Club House. After dropping the kids over, we had dinner at the T & T Lounge in Selah.

This was a very fun event and a great day.

Here are some photos of the EWA New Year’s Snow Wheeling Run:

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News: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Motorized Travel Management Scoping

USDA Forest Service Motorized Travel Management Project Proposed Action Scoping Newsletter
Click for Motorized Travel Management info

Click for a newsletter describing the proposed action for Motorized Travel Management on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Additional information, including maps, is online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/okawen/landmanagement/projects.

 

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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures Sledding 4×4 Run

Eastern Washington Adventures
Sledding 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday December 14th, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Members met up at Highland Quick Stop in Cowiche, Washington for the annual Sledding 4×4 run. On this run we had 3 Jeeps (1 JK, 1 TJ and a XJ) and a Toyota truck.

Around 10 AM after fueling up, we convoyed to the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road. We aired down and headed on up the gravel of Cowiche Mill Road into the Ahtanum State Forest. We turned up C-1000 and made our way up onto Cowiche Ridge. We took a break at what was our sledding hill on the first ever sledding run in 2006.

After the break we moved on up Cowiche Ridge and onto the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We took another break just pass the Hog Back on top of the rock climb. This section was a little hairy with the off camber and the snow on the rocks.

Next we headed up to the Strobach Mountain Vista for the view of Mount Rainier and Rimrock Lake. The view was great. The breeze made it a little cold.

We next headed back down and found a place in the trees to sled that was out of the wind and safe for the kids. This place we found worked out real well. We were there for awhile having fun talking and drinking coffee as the kids sled.

When the sun started to set, we headed back down the way we came. We aired up at the place we had aired down and then parted ways.

This was a very fun event thanks to all who came.


Here are some photos of the EWA Thanksgiving Christmas Tree 4×4 Run:

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Photos: EWA Thanksgiving Christmas Tree 4×4 Run

Eastern Washington Adventures
Thanksgiving Christmas Tree 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On November 29th, 2014 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving),  Eastern Washington Adventures Members met up at Oak Creek Ace Hardware in Naches, Washington for the annual Thanksgiving 4×4 run. On this run we had 5 Jeeps. 2 JKs, 2 TJs and a YJ.

Around 10 AM after we bought our Christmas Tree Cutting Permits, we convoyed to the Nile and turn up FS1701 (Bald Mountain Road) in the Naches Ranger District. We aired down and headed on up.

Just before topping the ridge, we ran into a traffic jam due to ice on the snow covered road. Three of the Jeeps got through before the road got completely blocked. The two jeeps in the traffic jam helped get the problem rigs turned around so they could go back down the hill.

Once we all were back together, we ran FS1701 on up through a section of Oak Creek Wildlife Area back onto Forest Service Land and stopped at the intersection of FS530 where we took a break and hunted for Christmas Trees.

The Kids picked out their Christmas Trees and cut them down with a little help. We tied the Christmas Trees to the tops of the Jeeps and moved on up FS1701.

At the end of FS1701 on top of Manastash Ridge, we turn onto 4W694 to get some trail time in. The trail was fun with the snow and ice on it.

We made our way up to the 4W694 Manastash Lake View Point and took a break. On the way we passed some side-by-sides and Toyota Trucks. Foxracer’s dog decided to follow one of those groups out. We all turned around searching for the dog. At 4W670 we found the dog.

Since the sun was going down, we headed on down the mountain by the way of FS1701 and then Hog Ranch Road to North Wenas Road. As we turned onto Hog Ranch Road Foxracer’s Jeep feel into a deep hole in a mud puddle. It looked as he was going to flop over. He drove on out and we were on our way.

Down at North Wenas Road, we aired up and then headed to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for a potluck dinner.

This was a very fun event thanks to all who came.


Here are some photos of the EWA Thanksgiving Christmas Tree 4×4 Run:

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News: South Fork Ahtanum Gate Closure on December 10 2014

News from the DNR:

Good afternoon,

I wanted to give you all a quick update on the status of the South Fork Ahtanum. The DNR will be closing the gate on the South Fork Road in the Ahtanum State Forest on December 10 at 8:00am. DNR continues to experience illegal dumping of waste, animal carcasses and shooting of live trees. We will assess the damage and determine when the gate may be reopened to the public. Next spring we will meet to discuss this issue. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Jones at 509-972-2862 or jeff.jones@dnr.wa.gov. Please share this information at club meetings and with fellow users.

Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving!

Stephanie Margheim
Volunteer Specialist
Southeast Region
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Office: (509) 925-0984

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Photos: Beverly Dunes Clean Up

Eastern Washington Adventures
Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the afternoon of Friday November 7th, 2014, Eastern Washington Adventures Members met up at Beverly Dunes and set up camp for the annual clean up.

The night was very cold. We woke up to frost but it still was a very nice morning.

The DNR staff showed up early to greet the volunteers for the Beverly Dunes Clean Up as they signed in. There were individuals and volunteers from groups. Some of the groups that help were: Eastern Washington Adventures, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 and the biggest group was the Wenatchee Mountain Masters.

We worked on a plan and all headed out around 10 AM. Volunteers cleaned campfire pits, picked up trash within the campgrounds and picked up trash in the sand dune ORV riding area. By the early evening the area looked a lot better than when the volunteers started.

There was a potluck dinner around the campfire for volunteers in the evening.

Sunday most left early for home. Two Jeeps headed down the Columbia River to Saddle Mountains to play in the big sand dunes.

While there they thought they would take the trails up to the top of the ridge. The trails through the canyon had a lot of big rocks and was a lot of fun.

The two Jeeps took the mostly traveled route up to get on top of the ridge and found a very off camber section at the top of a steep loose hill climb. That is when the fun came to an end. There were no trees to stop the Jeeps from rolling over and over down the mountain. The two Jeeps had to turn around on the off camber section to go back down. Backing down the steep loose section could have lead to death.

The two Jeeps one at a time got turned around by backing up hill with multiple point turns and then headed back down. The lesson that was learned was, “The best looking travel road doesn’t always mean it is the right one to take”.

Over all this weekend event was a fun, thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the 2014 EWA Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out:

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Upcoming: Naches Ranger District 4×4 Trail Maintenance Meeting

Naches Ranger District 4×4 Trail Maintenance Meeting
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Jeff Leisy with the U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a meeting 7 PM Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at the Naches Ranger Station to discuss his proposed trail maintenance information sheet he has prepared to help in reporting maintenance problems that need to be fixed. Jeff would like to have a representative from each club present. We have lots of work to be done in the Naches area. Funds are still available from the Naches Trail Maintenance Fund; The Moonshiners also have a trail maintenance fund, so some money is available to us.

What: Meeting with our new and open minded partners in regard to 4X4 trails, maintenance and projects for 2015 – 2017
When: November 18th, 2014 (Tuesday evening)
Where: Naches Ranger Station
Time: 7 PM
Who: Representation from each 4×4 club that recreates in the White and Chinook Pass area.
Questions: Please contact Ron Rutherford 509-985-3444

 

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Upcoming: Beverly Dunes Camp-out & Clean-up This Weekend!

Beverly Dunes Camp-out & Clean-up

November 7th – 9th, 2014

Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by
Pegasus Northwest Build-it Offroad

Bring your ORVs w/flags and have some fun wheeling for trash. Please sign in at the Eastern Washington Adventures base camp by 10 AM Saturday morning to help with the clean up. The last seven clean-ups only took a few hours and then we got to play.

Camping with Meet & greets at the Base Camp Friday and Saturday.
ORV fun runs all weekend.

This is a Free to attend Eastern Washington Adventures open to everyone and all ORVs. Please follow the rules.

Please read the county rules before going: See Grant County Sheriff ORV Unit
The state requires a Discover Pass to recreate in this area.
You must follow EWA the rules to attend the our events.

 

Map to Beverly Dunes

Photos of past Beverly Dunes clean-ups:
2013 Fall, 2013 Spring, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

 


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Photos: EWA Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure on Cleman Mountain

Eastern Washington Adventures
Halloween Backroads 4×4
Adventure on Cleman Mountain

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday October 25th, 2014 around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area for a backroads run up Cleman Mountain.

We aired down at the Hay barn off North Wenas Road and headed up W1100. At the top of Cleman Mountain we ran the the ridge Southeast to the end of the Green Dot where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we back tracked past where we came up and ran the top of Cleman Mountain Northwest. We continued into the Naches Ranger District onto FS1712 and ran it to FS1701 (Bald Mountain Rd.). We turn up FS1701, took FS1716 and then turn on Hog Ranch Road to go back toward North Wenas Road. We aired up at the parking area off Maloy Road and headed back to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House. This backroads run was fun. The views were not very good due to the clouds.

Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House we had a potluck and Halloween Party. Some of the kids played in the Haunted House. The Halloween party was a lot of fun

Over all this was a fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure on Cleman Mountain:

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Upcoming: TWIG Meeting on Tuesday, November 4 2014

From Sue Ranger – Naches District Recreation Planner

Dear Trails and Wilderness Interest Group Member:

Our next TWIG meeting will be next week on Tuesday, November 4th, at 7PM at the Naches Ranger Station – 10237 US Highway 12, Naches.

• Our new District Ranger, Kelly Lawrence, is planning to attend the meeting.

• Jodi Leingang will be providing us with a short update on the planning process for the upcoming Little Naches Restoration Project.

Bill Zimmer and myself will also be present.

**Remember to enter the conference room through the back door – it will probably look dark from the front**

Thank you and see you there!

Sue Ranger
Naches District Recreation Planner
sranger@fs.fed.us


 

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Upcoming: EWA Halloween 4×4 Backroads Run

Eastern Washington Adventures
Halloween 4×4 Backroads Run
Sponsored by
SelahAdventures.com
10 AM Saturday October 25th, 2014
This is on the Saturday before Halloween. Halloween is the following Friday.

Eastern Washington
This is a Free to attend Eastern Washington Adventures Backroads Run for high ground clearance vehicles. No non-street legal ORVs. This run is rated “Easy” (weather pending).

You must follow the rules and a CB is needed. Ch. #7
A Discover Pass is required.

If you would like to go, have a full tank of fuel, wear your costume and be at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House before 10 AM.

Eastern Washington Adventures Club House
3250 Selah Loop Rd, Selah, WA 98942

We are going to convoy to the Upper Wenas Area and then head across Cleman Mountain.

Halloween Costume Party with Potluck dinner to follow back at Eastern Washington Adventures Club House. Please bring a dish if you attend the potluck.

Please RSVP so we can contact you if plans change. SelahAdventures@outlook.com

Past EWA Halloween Runs
2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

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Photos: 2014 Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run

Eastern Washington Adventures
Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

The Historic Naches Pass Wagon Trail is one of the most poplar trails in the Northwest. We like to run this trail in the fall after the dust is gone and we do it in the opposite direction of the settlers for more of a challenge climbing the west end.

On Friday October 3rd, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Lost Meadow to camp for the annual “Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run”.

Saturday October 4th around 10 AM we headed from our camp at Lost Meadow off of NF19 to cross over to Pyramid Pass with 8 rigs. On the West side we met up with Ron and Foxracer at the end of the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail on FS70.

We took a hike down to see the cliff where the Longmire Party lowered their wagons down in October 1853. There we saw a sign telling about how far the Longmire party had come and how much farther they were going. If you looked close enough you could see the marks in the trees that were made by the people lowering the wagons. We then hiked back up to start the 4×4 part of the run.

As we worked our way east to the beginning of the trail we stopped to see the sights. We stopped at Government Meadows on Naches Pass 4×4 Trail. There we had a lunch break, and took the short walk to see the Government Meadows Cabin and the meadow. As Everyone was getting ready the children had fun feeding the birds as they flew above. We packed up and headed out again. As we got to one of the many bridges we cross, we had to do a miniature work party on it because there were broken boards and it was not passable at the time. As the day winded down so do the trip.

At FS1913 we turned off the Naches Pass Trail to skip the newer tight part near the east end. We went back to camp and Ron and Foxracer headed back home to the west side. At camp we had a warm fire and a potluck. Everyone pitched in to make the day the best it could be.

On Sunday we took a drive up to Raven Roost. The view up there were great. Mount Rainier looked very close.

We headed back to camp with a stop at the Little Naches Fish Ladder. After we got back, we pack up for home.

This was a fun and exciting event. Thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the 2014 Wagons East Naches Pass event:

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Photos: PNW4WDA Region 4’s 2014 Pick Up A Mountain

PNW4WDA Region 4’s

Pick Up A Mountain
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Every year on the third weekend of September, Region 4 of the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association holds a big event at Jim Sprick Park to pick up trash in the surrounding mountains of the Naches Drainage.

People started setting up camp Friday afternoon. By the night the park had many people there camping.

Saturday September 20th, 2014 the day started with a driver’s meeting at 8 AM.

Around 8:30 AM we took a group photo of the rigs and headed out to clean up the mountains.

Our group Eastern Washington Adventures and Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 headed up FS1701 which is across the road from Jim Sprick Park. We stopped just past the intersection of FS1701 & 4W670 to help Ron Rutherford’s group close a illegal mudding area on WDFW managed land. Oak Creek Wildlife Manager Ross Huffman was there to help.

Next we ran to the end of FS1701 and turned up 4W694. We picked up trash along the way. We took a lunch break at the Manastash View Point. After lunch we continued on 4W694. We picked up some trash at Funny Rocks. At 4W695 we turned up it and stopped to pick up trash at Moon Rocks. Next we headed down 4W695 and turned back onto FS1701. We ran FS530 up to Bald Mountain and took 4W675 down. We ran FS1702 back down to SR410 then ran back over to Jim Sprick Park.

Around 4:30 PM the games started for the Junior Jeepers along with the Corn Shucking Contest. Lisa Graham won the Corn Shucking Contest this year. This is the second year a member of Eastern Washington Adventures Club won. After all the corn was shucked and cooked, the potluck dinner began. Next was the raffle. There were many great raffle prizes. After the raffle the DJ played music and some danced.

On Sunday Region 4 had a free breakfast for the volunteers. The Eastern Washington Adventures Club, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 and few other volunteers cooked breakfast.

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Photos: EWA 3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend

3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the weekend of September 12th-13th, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures held the 3rd Annual Go Play Topless Weekend at their location in Selah, Washington. This year the event was sponsored by Pegasus Northwest and Selah Adventures.

Friday people came and set up camp at Eastern Washington Adventures. They gathered around the patio warming fire to visit.

Saturday morning the sun was shining bright. It was a nice day. Free coffee was severed in the EWA Club House.

Around 10 AM the group headed out for the run with four Jeeps. We convoyed over to I-82 for some supplies and then through the Yakima River Canyon. At the Ellensburg side we stopped at Helen McCabe State Park for a break. After the break we headed into Ellensburg to take Umtanum Road to the Wenas Wildlife area. At Durr Road we aired down and then continued up Wenas Pass. We turned off Wenas Pass onto Hanson Pond Road and took it up to the Manastash Ridge Observatory where we stopped for lunch.

After lunch we headed down Observatory Road, onto Mud Flat Road and out Audubon Road to North Wenas Road. We ran North Wenas Road just a little ways and turned up Ridge Road. We ran Ridge Road on up to the top of Umtanum Ridge and took a break to look back across at the Manastash Ridge Observatory. From there we ran the top of the ridge across to Bel Tel Road with one loop down Black Canyon on the way. On Bel Tel Road we headed to the bottom and out Sheep Company Road and back to the EWA Club House.

Back at the EWA Club House we had a potluck dinner and enjoyed sitting around the fire in the Biergarten.

Sunday morning there was a potluck breakfast. People then packed up and headed for home.

Thank you to all who came. Thank you to Pegasus Northwest for sponsoring this year’s “Go Play Topless” event.

For more information about this event you can visit the Go Play Topless at GoPlayTopless.com or on Facebook.

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Upcoming: Go Play Topless Weekend Starts Friday!

Eastern Washington Adventures
3rd Annual

Go Play Topless Weekend

Sponsored by
Selah Adventures!

September 12th, 13th & 14th, 2014 in Selah, WA

Yakima River Canyon/Wenas Wildlife Area Adventure, Sightseeing, Trail Run, Meet & Greet, Potluck, RTI Ramp, Camping, Campfire & FREE Family Fun!

The event is open to all street licensed road worthy 4×4 rigs with removable tops off.

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Go Play! “Topless”: Yakima River Canyon/Wenas Wildlife Area – Sep 9 2013Photo by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

We are doing a camp-out at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah Washington with a backroads run to Ellensburg and back on Saturday. We will leave the Club House around 10 AM on Saturday September 7th, 2013 with our rig tops off. We will convoy through the Yakima River Canyon with a few stops along the way. Once in Ellensburg we will head back toward the Club House by the way of dirt roads in the Wenas Wildlife Area with a few stops along the way. Once back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House we will have a Potluck BBQ and enjoy the night in the Biergarten.

Free camping available (No RV hook ups) at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House.

This is a Backroads run open to All street licensed road worthy 4×4 rigs with removable tops. Removable top Jeeps, Blazers, Broncos, Scouts, FJ40s, Trackers, Samurais, chop off top rigs, etc. We will be putting on a lot of road miles so please do not bring a rig that will get you pulled over or one that might break down.

You must follow EWA rules and the laws of the land to run with us.
A Discover Pass or DFW pass is required for all vehicles.

This is a Free to attend event but,
All participants must sign up in advance.

Sign up at below or e-mail SelahAdventures@outlook.com
For more info visit: http://GoPlayTopless.com and on Go Play Topless Facebook

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Photos: 2014 Ahtanum State Forest Trails Maintenance and Clean-up

Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean-up & Camp-out
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 we met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead for the Annual Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean-up & Camp Out. The rain came and cooled things down. We set up camp and had a good time around the campfire.

Wednesday morning the rain was coming down hard. We pulled the drain plugs on the JK, tighten up the bikini top and were ready to roll. Others were ready to go with their tops and doors. Around 10 AM we headed up Red Saddle Road for some Green Dot repair, trash removal and trail maintenance on Sedge Ridge.

We turned up the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and started working. At Cultus Hole Vista we stopped for lunch. After lunch we worked our way down the South Fork then back up on the routed Boulder Trail. The rain stopped and it got warm. Once we topped Sedge Ridge we called it a day and headed back to camp.

Thursday we headed out around 10 AM going up the North Fork Ahtanum. It was a little cold and looked like rain father up the ridge we went. We started doing trail maintenance, Green Dot repair and trash clean-up as soon as we turned onto the Blue Lake Trail. At Blue Lake we took a quick photo and headed up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout for lunch. After lunch we headed down FS1024 and onto 4W613. We did some maintenance on 4W613 and took breaks at the view points. Once at Louie Way Gap 4W608, we headed back to camp by taking Nasty Creek Road out.

On Friday we headed out around 10 AM at worked on Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and a few Green Dot roads. We came out off of McLane Canyon Road and headed down the North Fork, through camp and back on on Sedge Ridge to finish the maintenance on the east end of the ridge. We headed back to camp after we came up to the place we left off on Wednesday.

On Saturday we started the big clean up with many different groups. My family went with Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 and cleaned up the lower campgrounds. Around 5 PM everyone was back and we had a potluck dinner. Later a few people went up to Darland Mountain and watched the sun set.

This was a great time at the Ahtanum State Forest thanks to all who came. Some of the volunteers were from the following groups/clubs: Eastern Washington Adventures, Yakima Valley Timber Wolves, Jeeping Nomads, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276, Yakima Ridgerunners, The Cascadians and maybe a few more.

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Upcoming: Juniper Dunes Info Meeting Thursday July 31st, 2014

Juniper Dunes Info Meeting Thursday July 31st, 2014 from 6-8 PM at TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd, Pasco.

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News: Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Campfire Restrictions Increase

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Acting Public Affairs Officer Mick Mueller, 509-664-9314
Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Public Information Assistant Susan C Peterson, 509-548-2558
For immediate release–July 14, 2014—3:00 p.m.


Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Campfire Restrictions Increase

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest expanded previous campfire restrictions because of high fire danger in Chelan and Okanogan Counties.

A new Forest Order was issued prohibiting all campfires outside of developed campgrounds (with some limited exceptions) on National Forest System Lands within Chelan and Okanogan Counties. The campfire restriction will remain in effect until further notice.

The Forest Order includes areas within the Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee River (Leavenworth/Lake Wenatchee), Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts.

Effective Wednesday, July 16th, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including a fire made from briquettes, will be prohibited with certain exceptions. Designated developed campgrounds with approved metal fire rings are exempt from this order, as are some other special sites. Please visit or call the appropriate ranger station to obtain information on these sites.

Congressionally-designated wilderness areas in Chelan Country are also exempt from this order and include the Alpine Lakes, Henry M. Jackson, Glacier Peak, Chelan Sawtooth, and Pasayten Wilderness Areas. However, some locations within those listed wilderness areas already have standing campfire restrictions. Please contact the appropriate ranger station for specific fire regulations pertaining to wilderness areas.

Persons using or maintaining pressurized liquid gas stoves or an enclosed solid fuel fire using a wick are also exempt from this order.

Fire managers on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ask that anyone utilizing the national forest to be extremely careful with any use of fire in the outdoors this season. Fire conditions are extremely volatile now and while fire crews are positioned for initial attack, additional human-caused fires will diminish resources and abilities to control wildfires.

Human caused fires are something that can be controlled through preventative actions such as:
· Completely extinguishing campfires
· Obeying fire restrictions
· Not driving through dry grassy areas where hot car exhaust systems can ignite the grass
· Being careful with all ignition sources including cigarettes, candles or anything with a flame or spark.

Escaped campfires are the leading cause of human-caused wildfires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. and usually occur when campers fail to completely extinguish their campfire before leaving campsites.

For more information contact these Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. offices:

Chelan Ranger Station, 509-682-4900
Entiat Ranger Station, 509-784-4700
Wenatchee River Ranger Station, 509-548-2550
Methow Ranger Station, 509-996-4003
Tonasket Ranger Station, 509-486-2186
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News: USFS Fire update – 25 Mile Creek Fire Near South Shore of Lake Chelan

U.S. FOREST SERVICE FIRE UPDATE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Chelan Ranger District, Chelan, WA 98816


For immediate release:
Friday, July 11, 2014 1500hrs

Contacts: Susan Peterson, Public Information, (509) 664-9314
Chelan Ranger District-main office, (509) 682-4900

Fire Update

25 Mile Creek Fire Near South Shore of Lake Chelan

Chelan, WA– Incident Commander Dave Brown, from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, reports good progress is being made to suppress the fire burning within the 25 Mile Creek Drainage of Lake Chelan. The fire is 25 miles from the City of Lake Chelan and located near the terminus of the South Shore Road, and 1 1/2 miles east of Darby Draw. The fire is being suppressed through Unified Command by the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was first reported yesterday, July 10 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Aggressive initial attack was taken by fire fighters from several DNR and Chelan County engine crews and U. S. Forest Service hand crews. In addition, numerous water bucket drops were made by Type I and Type II helicopters to cool the perimeter of the fire. Hand line was built yesterday along nearly the entire length of the northern flank of the fire. Last night, hot shot crews from Prineville, Oregon and Redmond, Oregon built hand line along the southern flank of the fire.

Today’s fire suppression objectives are to re-enforce and hold existing fire lines while building less than 1/4 mile of uncompleted hand-line at the fire’s northwest corner. The fire has not grown since its initial spread yesterday. Fire suppression efforts continue to contain the fire to its initial area of approximately 400 acres in size.

The entire South Shore Road adjacent to Lake Chelan remains open to the public as does the 25 Mile Creek State Park. A Level 3 evacuation order by the Chelan County Sheriff remains in effect for the Shady Pass Road, affecting approximately 6-10 households.

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Photos: EWA 4W613 Trail Work Party & Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
4W613 Trail Work Party & Camp Out
Report and photos by Clay GrahamEastern Washington Adventures.

On the Friday June 27th, 2014 we met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead for the Annual Eastern Washington Adventures 4W613 Trail Opening Work Party & Camp Out. We set up camp and had a good time around the campfire.

Saturday morning the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) brought by some tools and supplies to repair the Green Dot Markers.

We headed out around 10 AM with four Jeeps. Guido – JK, TJ40 – TJ, Shawn – CJ5 and me – JKU. We took Nasty Creek Road to Louie Way Gap. We took a quick break at the intersection of 4W608 & 4W613.

We head up 4W613 which runs along the top of Divide Ridge over Rimrock. We found a tree down right from the get go. We moved the tree off the trail and blocked the by-pass. On up at the Louie Way View Point we stopped to regroup. Shawn’s Jeep CJ5 was too high geared to make the steep climb. Shawn turned around and headed to meet up with us later at Strobach Mountain.

We moved on up the trail. The next section was off camber and wet. It was challenging in a few tight areas to not hit the trees on the low side.

On up at Strobach Mountain Vista we stopped for lunch. The resident Marmot came up and watched up pull in. Shawn pulled up shorty after to visit with us.

After lunch Shawn headed back to camp and we headed on up 4W613. We worked our way up the trail clearing down trees, diverting water from trail and fixing Green Dot Markers. We hit snow near Strobach Springs. A little fun snow wheeling.

At the end of 4W613 we turned onto FS1020 and headed toward Blue Slide Lookout fixing a few Green Dot Markers along the way. There was only a few long patches of snow left on FS1020. I got stuck in the snow on the way.

We took a break at Blue Slide Lookout and then dropped down 4W615. On the down it was raining and real slick. The last section dropping down through the trees north of Blue Lake, my JKU slid over and sideswiped a tree. No it won’t buff out. We stopped at Blue Lake for a few photos in the rain.

We then head out down the North Fork Ahtanum, over Whites Ridge by the way of McLane Canyon, stopped for fire wood, dropped down the Mid Fork Ahtanum and back to camp at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Area.

On Sunday Guido called a quick run to Darland Mountain. We headed up the Mid Fork Ahtanum and ran into the clouds around Eagle Nest. Up on top of Darland Mountain (6981′) we had no view due to we were in the clouds. We headed back down to camp we a short stop at Eagle Nest.

This we a great weekend thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures 4W613 Trail Work Party & Camp Out:

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News: USFS Boulder Cave Day Use Site Closed

U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Contacts:
Naches Ranger District Public Information Assistant Michelle King, (509)-653-1420
Naches Ranger District Front Office, (509) 653-1401
For immediate release: July 2, 2014—9:00 a.m.

Boulder Cave Day Use Site Closed

NACHES—Boulder Cave Day Use Site will be closed beginning July 7th through the rest of the year for improvements. Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. recreation managers are utilizing a Federal Highways grant to refurbish the popular hiking and picnic area.

The Naches Ranger District plans to update the day use site with newer facilities and enhanced parking areas. Improvements include a new water system, new benches on the river trail, and new bathrooms. The picnic area will have new tables with new fire rings and the existing shelter structure will be repaired. Recreation managers also plan to reorganize the parking lot to safely accommodate more vehicles.

On a busy visitor weekend hundreds of people frequent Boulder Cave. Visitors can make a short hike up to the cave created by cooled lava forming layers of basalt and sediment. Hikers can walk all the way through the cave provided they have a bright flashlight or headlamp.

After July 7th of this year no vehicles or foot traffic will be permitted at Boulder Cave. The Naches Ranger District will reopen the Boulder Cave Day Use Site in April 2015. When the site is reopened, visitors can continue to either pay the $5 day fee or have a Northwest Forest Pass.

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News: Burn ban on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades starts July 1

Burn ban on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades starts July 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2014

Burn ban on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades starts July 1

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced there will be a burn ban starting tomorrow on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades. The burn ban is based on weather and fuel conditions.

Starting July 1 and running through September 30, 2014, the burn ban is currently limited to Eastern Washington. It may eventually be extended to Western Washington as conditions warrant. It applies to all forestlands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.

“The seasonally dry weather creates a greater risk for wildfires,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “A burn ban helps to prevent them, and protects forests, habitat and property.”
Already in 2014, DNR has had 172 wildfire starts, which have burned approximately 779 acres throughout the state.

The ban applies to all outdoor burning on DNR-protected forestlands east of the Cascades with two exceptions. Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds, and gas or propane stoves and barbeque grills are allowed. DNR-approved prescribed fires, implemented to enhance or restore fire-dependent ecosystems and forest health, when enhancement and restoration by prescribed fire can only be accomplished successfully during the period of time from July 1 through September 30, 2014 are also permitted if expressly approved by the Commissioner of Public Lands.

Fireworks and incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition, are illegal on all DNR-protected forestlands. Charcoal briquettes are also not allowed.

Only you can prevent wildfires

If you plan to burn, it is your responsibility to know the rules.

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News: WDFW extends shoreline restrictions near Wanapum Dam through Oct. 31

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

June 26, 2014
Contact: Jim Brown, 509-754-4624 Ext. 219
Matt Monda, Yakima, 509-457-9325


WDFW extends shoreline restrictions
near Wanapum Dam through Oct. 31


OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the closure of four water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam through Oct. 31, while work continues to repair a fractured spillway.

WDFW officials closed the sites and access to the beach in March, after Grant County Public Utility District drew Wanapum Reservoir down to record levels to relieve pressure on the dam.

Jim Brown, WDFW regional director for north-central Washington, said the extended closure is necessary to protect public safety, fish habitat, and archeological and cultural resources.

“For their own safety, we’re asking people to stay off the beaches and any other areas that were under water before the drawdown,” Brown said. “Repair work on the spillway is coming along well, and Grant County PUD expects it will be able to raise the water level in a few more months.”

The closures affect the Yo Yo, Old Vantage Highway, Sunland Estates and Frenchman Coulee water access sites.

WDFW also has closed the lower ends of roads that lead into the reservoir at the Colockum and L.T. Murray wildlife areas in Kittitas and Chelan counties, and at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant County.

The upland portions of the wildlife areas above the ordinary high-water level remain open to the public, Brown said. Closures will be enforced by WDFW law enforcement officers in cooperation with local sheriff’s offices, he said.

Grant County PUD has also closed 38 miles of shorelines it owns stretching from above Wanapum Dam to below Rock Island Dam in response to the extreme low water level. Washington State Parks also has closed Wanapum State Park near Vantage.

For more information on access closures and spillway repairs see http://www.grantpud.org/your-pud/med…llway-response .

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Photos: EWA Beverly Dunes Weekday ORV Run & Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
Beverly Dunes Weekday ORV Run & Camp Out
Report by Clay GrahamEastern Washington Adventures.
Photos by Clay Graham, Charlie Graham, Doc Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures.

On the morning of Tuesday June 17th, 2014 we met up at the Beverly Dunes Campground for the Eastern Washington Adventures Weekday ORV Camp Out. The mosquitoes were real bad.

We set up camp and then headed out into the dunes and played. On this run we only had two Jeeps (Foxracer TJ & my JK). Around dinner time we headed back to camp to eat.

After dinner we hit the dunes again for a night run. Foxracer’s offroad lights lite up the dunes like day time.

Once we got back to camp, we sat around the campfires. One wood fire to smoke out the mosquitoes and a propane fire to get out of the smoke. That seem to work pretty well.

Wednesday we packed up and headed out. This was a fun fast camping trip.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures Beverly Dunes Weekday ORV Run & Camp Out:

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Photos: EWA Father’s Day 4×4 Run & Camp-out at Naneum Ridge State Forest

Eastern Washington Adventures
Father’s Day 4×4 Run & Camp Out
Report and photos by Clay GrahamEastern Washington Adventures.

On Friday June 13th, 2014 we met up at a campsite off of Dawson Cutoff Road for the Eastern Washington Adventures ORV Camp Out. On this run we only had three Jeeps which gave us the option to run pavement so we modified the Saturday’s run.

Saturday morning we headed out with two JKs (Guido & myself) and a TJ (TJ40). We started off going up Dawson Road, west onto Boulder Road, across Naneum Creek Bridge and stopped at a campsite off of Dot Creek Road of a break.

Next we headed back across the Naneum Creek Bridge and headed up Naneum Basin Road toward Grouse Spring. Some where along the way a Green Dot Marker was missing so we ended up looping back. We did get to see two big herds of elk in that area.

Back down Naneum Basin Road we turned up Swift Creek Road and then up the first Green Dot Road that took you to the top of the Naneum Ridge. Once on the top of Naneum Ridge we headed west toward Wenatchee Mountain. We did not get to far before we ran into a tall snow drift. We were able to get on top of it to keep going. I got stuck coming off of the other side of the snow drift since someone before us made some deep ruts. It looks as they were trying to get on top and did not make it.

Once we got off the first snow drift we moved on up the ridge hitting a smaller deep snow mound near the first tower. It wasn’t to bad to get over. As the road headed into the trees there was a deep snow going in each direction. The snow was rolling hills within the trees with 12 foot or more drop offs. We turned around at that point and took a lunch break looking down at Ellensburg. From where we were you could see the top of the Mission Ridge ski lift.

After lunch we headed out by the way of Naneum Ridge Road. Wow that was some very fun snow wheeling. The snow drifts along the way were hug. I had to winch out the last section due to some big tire ruts. After we were out of the snow we ran Naneum Ridge Road to Colockum Road where we took a break.

After the break we headed south on Colockum Road with a quick stop at the Halfway Station Colockum Pass marker. At the power lines we ran Powerline Road and then onto Brewton Road. We ran Brewton Road all the way to the end onto Tekison Road and out to West Bar at the Columbia River across from Crescent Bar Recreational Area. We took a break and walked the beach along the Columbia River.

After a break at the Columbia River we back turning up Brushy Road. We ran all the way back up to Colockum Road and down to Kittitas Valley. We ran a little pavement and then headed back up to camp off Dawson Road.

At camp we had a great potluck dinner and then stories around the propane campfire.

Sunday morning we packed up camp. Guido and TJ40 took a short run up the roads as we took down our tent and pop-up. We all headed for home before noon.

On my way back home through the Yakima River Canyon and big inflatable raft came off the top of a Ford Explorer and fell right in front of my Yukon XL. Since my Yukon XL was pulling my trailer with my JK on it, I could not swerve to miss the raft. I ran right onto the raft which lifted the front of the rig off the pavement making it hard to get stopped. A little scary at 40 MPH. The raft finely popped and I was able to slow down enough to pull into Big Pines Campground. The owners of the raft came and unwrapped the remains from under my rig and off the front right tire.

This was a very fun Father’s Day event.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures Father’s Day ORV Camp Out at Naneum Ridge State Forest:

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WDFW prohibits target shooting until Oct. 1 at Wenas Wildlife Area to reduce wildfire risk

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

June 20, 2014
Contact: Cindi Confer Morris, (509) 697-4503


WDFW prohibits target shooting until Oct. 1
at Wenas Wildlife Area to reduce wildfire risk

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has closed the entire Wenas Wildlife Area to target shooting until Oct. 1, after several wildfires have burned the property near Ellensburg.

The closure, announced Friday, bans target shooting 24 hours per day at the wildlife area. Public notice of the closure will be posted at all entry points and established target shooting sites within the Wenas Wildlife Area.

WDFW adopted the closure in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which owns lands within the 114,150-acre wildlife area.

Cindi Confer Morris, who manages the WDFW wildlife area, noted the agency restricted target-shooting to morning hours earlier this month, a step WDFW has taken the last three years to reduce wildfire risk.

“Even with the restrictions, four wildfires have been started on or near the wildlife area already this year,” Confer Morris said.

The most recent fire, which scorched nearly 10,000 acres, is believed to have started at a nearby Cottonwood Creek shooting area and spread across the wildlife area. Two other fires at the Wenas Wildlife Area were sparked by target shooting; fireworks started a fourth.

According to wildfire experts at DNR, people cause 85 percent of Washington’s wildfires. Common causes include unattended campfires, fireworks, hot vehicle mufflers on dry grass, target shooting and careless disposal of cigarettes.

“This area and the rest of eastern Washington are experiencing drier than usual conditions, which call for added precaution,” Confer Morris said. “It’s important for the public to take steps to preserve public recreation lands and wildlife habitat.”

Confer Morris said the ban applies to this year’s fire season only. WDFW will continue to involve the public in developing comprehensive rules for target shooting on the wildlife area.

Like all of WDFW’s wildlife areas and water-access sites across the state, the Wenas Wildlife Area also has restrictions on campfires and prohibitions on fireworks and incendiary devices, including tracer rounds and exploding targets, to reduce the risk of wildfire.

For more information on WDFW wildlife areas, see the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas .

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WDFW Now playing: The invasion of the baby snatchers

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

CROSSING PATHS NEWS NOTES
June 2014

Now playing: The invasion of the baby snatchers

It’s fawn-napping time again.

And we don’t mean baby deer taking naps.

No, unfortunately it’s that time of year when too often too many people “kidnap” fawns — and other wildlife babies — found outdoors.

They often think they’re saving an abandoned baby, says Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologist Patricia Thompson.

“But most of the time they’re actually kidnapping a baby out from under the watchful eye of a nearby but unseen mother deer,” Thompson said. “It’s the annual re-run of “The invasion of the baby snatchers.”

Thompson, who coordinates Washington’s licensed wildlife rehabilitator program, takes calls nearly every day at this time of year from well-intentioned but uninformed people.

Sometimes she can talk people into leaving the fawn where it is or putting the fawn back where they found it so the doe can reunite with her baby again. But too often she has to enlist the help of a licensed rehabilitator trained in wild animal care.

“An uninjured fawn really doesn’t need human care,” she said. “It needs its mother. In the rare case of a truly orphaned fawn, it needs a special diet and treatment, as well as no human contact to eventually be rehabilitated back to the wild.”

Thompson says it’s frustrating because WDFW has been promoting “leave wild babies in the wild” forever, and information has been available for years on WDFW’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/heal…to_rescue.html ).

“Sometimes I think people just can’t help themselves,” she said. “When a wild baby seems helpless or abandoned, you want to help.”

But that help can ultimately be a death sentence for young wild animals, which are often intentionally left alone for hours while their parents gather food.

Doe deer leave their fawns alone to avoid drawing predators with their own body scent. Young birds commonly leave the nest before they are fully-feathered and are fed on the ground by their parents for a day or two until they are able to fly. It is common to see very young American robins, spots and all, on the ground waiting to be fed by mom or dad.

More often than not, just leaving a young animal alone affords it the best chance for survival.

Leaving these babies alone means you need to confine cats, dogs and other pets that can cause lethal injury. One of the most common causes of injuries to wildlife, is attacks by cats. Any animal attacked by a cat needs a wildlife rehabilitator’s care, even if it does not look injured. Cat bites often cause serious infection.

One of the few situations in which almost anyone can help wild babies is when very young, un-feathered birds have fallen out of the nest and are on the ground.

If you can find the nest and safely reach it, simply pick up the nestling with a gloved hand and put it back in the nest. Contrary to popular belief, the parent birds will not reject their young because it’s been handled by humans.

Thompson recalled a situation where a fawn was hung up in a fence, probably while trying to follow its mother. It was freed by a neighbor who watched it run around by itself for a day, but then witnessed it reunite with its mother to nurse.

In another incident, a fawn brought in to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator was returned to the pick-up spot within 24 hours. When released by the rehabilitator, the fawn cried out and within minutes a doe appeared, stomping its feet at the human (who quickly exited so the two could reunite.)

Wild animals of any age that show obvious signs of illness or injury such as bleeding, vomiting, panting, shivering, or ruffled feathers or fur, or that are just lethargic and make no effort to escape your approach, may indeed be in need of care. However, call a wildlife rehabilitator first before attempting to pick the animal up.

Most Washington counties have wildlife rehabilitators, listed with phone numbers and addresses for 24-7 access on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/heal…ion/index.html .

If you and a wildlife rehabilitator decide it might be best to help the animal, find out from them how to safely contain and transport the animal. Always wear gloves when picking up a wild animal to place it in the container. Until the animal is transported to the rehabilitator, keep it in a warm, quiet, dark place.

Another way to help wildlife, whether or not you find an injured animal in need of care, is to support your local volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. All of these volunteers must establish and maintain a good working relationship with a cooperating veterinarian, and many are veterinarians themselves; none can charge for their services to wildlife, but may accept donations.

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NRD: Naches Motorized Trails Now Open – June 12 2014

U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Contacts:
Naches Ranger District Public Information Assistant Michelle King, 509-653-1420
Naches Ranger District Front Desk, 509-653-1401
For immediate release: June 12, 2014—11:00 a.m.

Naches Motorized Trails Now Open

NACHES—Motorized trails on the Naches Ranger District open in time for National Get Outdoors Day. The seasonal spring trail closure for all motorized trails is officially lifted due to consistent warm and dry conditions.

Each spring the Naches Ranger District sets seasonal restrictions on motorized trails to prevent resource damage. Acting District Ranger, K.C. Briggs, determined today that the motorized trails are dry and suitable for public use. Forest Service officials along with volunteers monitored the trails to make the final recommendation.

National Get Out Doors Day was established in 2008 to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun on public lands across the nation. Saturday, June 14th, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest promotes the Get Out Doors campaign with a fee-free day for all trailheads and day-use sites. Campground fees still apply.

“Get Out Doors Day is an excellent opportunity for us to educate the public on the importance of responsible forest use,” said Public Information Assistant Michelle King. “The seasonal closure restricts trail use during the spring wet months, however, it allows us to enjoy them the rest of the year.” Forest Service trails are a national resource and responsible use of our trail system ensures its quality into the future.

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News: WDFW seeks candidates for disabilities advisory committee – June 9 2014

NEWS RELEASE
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/
June 9, 2014
Contact: Cindy Colvin, (360) 902-2822

Fish and Wildlife Commission seeks candidates for disabilities advisory committee

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on its advisory committee for persons with disabilities.
The seven-member committee advises the commission on issues of concern for hunters and fishers with disabilities, including special hunts, modified sporting equipment, access to public land and recreational opportunities.

Committee members are appointed by the commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Qualified applicants must have a permanent physical disability and reside in Washington state.

The vacant positions represent WDFW Region 1 (Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Ferry, Lincoln, Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla and Asotin counties); WDFW Region 2 (Okanogan, Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Adams counties); and WDFW Region 6 (Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pacific and Pierce counties).

Members serve four-year terms and are required to attend advisory committee meetings, held at least twice each year. Members serve without compensation, but receive reimbursement for travel expenses.

For additional information, prospective candidates can contact the WDFW Office of Human Resources (360-902-8132) or visit the commission’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/ .

To receive consideration, applicants must submit a resume and a statement of interest by July 10, 2014, to DFW Human Resources Office, Washington Department Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

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WDFW: Oak Creek DNS, comment by 5:00 pm on June 18 2014

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has prepared the attached DNS in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act regulation. This DNS is being circulated for review by all agencies with jurisdiction.

We appreciate your review of the proposal and return of comments no later than 5:00 pm on June 18, 2014. This proposal will not be acted upon before that time.

http://easternwashingtonadventures.c…Roads_Mgmt.pdf

http://easternwashingtonadventures.c…s_combined.pdf

http://easternwashingtonadventures.c…nal_signed.pdf

Lisa Wood

SEPA Responsible Official and HPA Appeals Coordinator
Habitat Program – Protection Division – Regulatory Services
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way N | Olympia, WA 98501
p (360) 902-2260 | f (360) 902-2946
Lisa.Wood@dfw.wa.gov

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News: WDFW restricts target-shooting hours at Wenas Wildlife Area to prevent wildfires

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

May 30, 2014
Contact: Cindi Confer Morris, (509) 697-4503

WDFW restricts target-shooting hours at
Wenas Wildlife Area to prevent wildfires

YAKIMA – To reduce the risk of wildfires, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will again restrict target shooting on the Wenas Wildlife Area near Yakima and Ellensburg.

Under a temporary rule in effect from June 2 through Sept. 30, target shooting will be restricted to the hours between sunrise and 11 a.m. when the risk of starting a wildfire is less severe.

Public notice of the limited hours will be posted at all entry points and established target shooting sites in the wildlife area.

WDFW adopted the rule in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which owns lands within the 114,150-acre wildlife area.

Cindi Confer Morris, manager of the WDFW wildlife area, said temporary target-shooting restrictions adopted in the past two years have helped to reduce the number of wildfires sparked by bullets on those lands.

Since 2012, four fires attributed to target shooting have burned 37 acres in the wildlife area, she said. By comparison, target shooting caused six fires, scorching more than 600 acres in the two years prior to the adoption of summer shooting restrictions.

“All four of the wildfires sparked by target shooting since 2012 occurred in June before the restrictions went into effect,” Confer Morris said. “Given that experience, we decided we needed to begin the restrictions earlier, rather than waiting until we started having fires.”

Cost, as well as habitat protection, is a significant consideration in preventing wildfires, she said. In the three years prior to adopting shooting restrictions, WDFW’s fire suppression and restoration costs in the wildlife area averaged $70,000 per year, compared to $7,500 per year since 2012.

Confer Morris said the latest restriction applies to this year’s fire season only, and that WDFW will continue to involve the public in developing comprehensive rules for target shooting on the wildlife area.

“We are supporting efforts by Kittitas County to find an appropriate location to develop a public range that would be safe for the public to use year-round,” she said. Sun Targets, a shooting range in Moxee, may also be an alternative for target shooting near the south end of the wildlife area.

Like all of WDFW’s wildlife areas and water-access sites across the state, the Wenas Wildlife Area also has restrictions on campfires and prohibitions on fireworks and incendiary devices, including tracer rounds and exploding targets, to reduce the risk of wildfire.

For more information on WDFW wildlife areas, see the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/ .

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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures 10 Year Anniversary Celebration – May 2014

Eastern Washington Adventures
10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Adventures – A division of Eastern Washington Adventures.

A little history about Eastern Washington Adventures

The web site host club was started 10 years ago from the 2004 Memorial Day ORV Camp-out. The name started as the “All Wheelers Off Road Club”. It started with a MSN Group page under that name. The goal was to meet others to do outdoor trips with.

December 2005 cegranch.com was started from our ranch in West Valley, Yakima, Washington and added a forum under a partner club call “WUD Wheelers” since we needed more 4×4 rigs in our group. AWORC had mostly quads.

A few months later forum members voted to changed the forum name so both clubs could grow and non club guys would join the forum. The forum became “Eastern Washington Off Road”.

In May of 2005 we partnered up with the Department of Natural Resources to help keep public lands open. The Spring of 2007 we co-hosted the Beverly Dunes Clean-up and have been hosting it ever since. July 2007 we started hosting the Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up which we still do every year with a week long camp-out for trail maintenance.

Sometime in 2007 the web site had server problems and had to move. The old server company would not release the cegranch.com url at that time so we started aworc.com. 4wheelingplus.com became our server sponsor and hosted the site until the summer of 2013. Pegasus Northwest Inc. took over the server sponsorship.

The WUD Wheelers Club members dropped off the website over the years and were all gone by 2007. We don’t know what happened to them.

March of 2008 we partnered up with the Yakima Valley Dust Dodgers Motorcycle Club to co-host a clean up at the Slab ORV area. We still do this event every year.

September 2008 we started what is now call the Forest Watch Volunteer Program. It started from watch people mud a meadow after we asked them to get back in the trail.

A few years ago we renamed the “Club”, the new improved “forum” with “web site” and “url” to be the same as each other. Since the members expanded into more than just ORV activities, the new name became “Eastern Washington Adventures”.

Over the years people have came and left. We had at one time over 50 family memberships within the “Club” and many more “Forum” members. Some members left because they got out of doing outdoor adventures and a few bad apples were asked to leave. There are some of the founding club members still active and some others that have been with us a long time. We have a few new “Club” and “forum” members too.

So with that said, we needed to have a celebration on Memorial Day Weekend since it had been 10 years since it all started.

On Saturday May 24th, 2014 the Eastern Washington Adventures 10 Year Anniversary Celebration began at the EWA Club House in Selah, Washington. We had a weekend of fun like 4×4 adventures, sightseeing, trail runs, meet & greet, potluck, RTI ramp, camping, games & other family type fun.

For more information about Eastern Washington Adventures, please visit the web site: EasternWashingtonAdventures.com. There are thousands of adventure photos and a lot of outdoor recreation info. Many Free to attend events too!

Here are some photos of the EWA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration:

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Photos: EWA 2014 Mother’s Day ORV Camp-out at Juniper Dunes

Mother’s Day ORV Camp-out
at Juniper Dunes

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures.

On the afternoon of Friday May 9th, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures members started pulling in to Smith Canyon near Juniper Dunes to set up camp for the 2014 Mother’s Day ORV Camp-out. The wind was blowing hard.

That evening the wind died down some and group headed out to the sand dunes for some wheeling fun.

The next morning, Saturday May 10th, 2014 more people showed up for the main run. The wind was very light.

Around 10 AM the group of Jeeps headed out to the big dune area with the kids driving a little buggy. At the big dunes a few more rigs joined the group. The group played for awhile and then headed over to the Juniper Wilderness gate for lunch.

After lunch the group headed to play in the dunes in the north. Colton’s YJ had a break and had to have a trail fix. Colton turn around and headed for camp with the buggy following.

In the evening the group meet back up at camp for a potluck. There was a lot of great food.

Sunday morning everyone packed up and head out.

This was a very fun event thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the Mother’s Day Juniper Dunes Adventure:

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Evening Magazine’s Best Northwest Escapes winner for Best Four Wheeling

Evening Magazine’s
Best Northwest Escapes winner for Best Four Wheeling

http://www.king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine/Best-Northwest-Escapes-winner-for-Best-Four-Wheeling-258025761.html

Note: We posted this to share since it talked about recreation in Eastern Washington. This not the opinion of Eastern Washington Adventures or it’s staff.

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News: Wanapum Reservoir will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend – May 6 2014

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

May 6, 2014
Contacts: Jim Brown, WDFW, (509) 754-4624, ext. 219
Thomas Stredwick, Grant PUD, (509) 754-5035

Wanapum Reservoir will remain
closed during Memorial Day weekend

EPHRATA, Wash. – With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the Wanapum reservoir shoreline remains closed to the public.

The utility, working in conjunction with WDFW, has closed the shoreline, beaches, boat launches and all shoreline access points to the reservoir, which runs about 37 river miles between Wanapum Dam and Rock Island Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington.

Grant PUD sites that are closed include:

  • Vantage Recreation Area
  • Kittitas County Boat Launch
  • Rocky Coulee
  • Sand Hollow
  • The Cove
  • Apricot Orchard
  • Crescent Bar Boat Launch and shoreline area.
  • Wanapum Upper Boat Launch
  • Wanapum Heritage Center

WDFW shoreline sites that are closed include:

  • Yo Yo Rock
  • Old Vantage Highway
  • Sunland Estates Boat Launch
  • Frenchman Coulee/Climbing Rocks water access sites

WDFW also has closed the lower ends of roads that lead into the reservoir at the Colockum and L.T. Murray wildlife areas in Kittitas and Chelan counties, and at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant County. The upland portions of the wildlife areas above the ordinary high-water level remain open to the public. Washington State Parks has closed the Wanapum State Park near Vantage.

The shoreline was closed after the reservoir was drawn down in response to a fracture found Feb. 27 on the Wanapum Dam spillway. The shoreline is expected to be closed at least through the July 4th weekend.

There are several recreation sites open on the Priest Rapids reservoir on the Columbia River downstream of Wanapum Dam, including Priest Rapids Recreation Area, and the Wanapum Lower Boat Launch. The utility also plans to open the Huntzinger Boat Launch on Friday, May 23, which will provide access to the Priest Rapids reservoir. A full list of sites that are open and closed, along with directions and information, can be found on Grant PUD’s website www.grantpud.org . A map showing open and closed areas is available at http://www.grantpud.org/component/ed…ownload&id=761.

The low-water situation on the Wanapum reservoir makes boat launches inoperable, has created hazardous conditions and has also exposed culturally-sensitive locations. Grant PUD is contracting with law enforcement agencies, including WDFW officers for increased patrols of the shoreline. The utility is also working with private security contractors and has its own employees patrolling the shoreline.

Grant PUD and WDFW acknowledge that the temporary shoreline closure creates a hardship for those who had planned to recreate on the Wanapum reservoir section of the Columbia River. Both the utility and WDFW appreciate the public’s patience and understanding.

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Photos: Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 “Yakima Valley Trolley Tour” – Apr 27 2014

Selah Cub Scout Pack 276
Yakima Valley Trolley Tour

Report & photos by Clay Graham / Selah Adventures – A division of Eastern Washington Adventures.

On the afternoon of Sunday April 27th 2014, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 met up at the Yakima Electric Railway Museum in Yakima, Washington for a special tour. Acting Yakima Valley Trolley Executive Director Karl Pasten set everything up and gave guided tours in the buildings.

The Yakima Valley Trolley Tour started in the Powerhouse building where there were some very cool historic things to look at. Karl Pasten told us about the history and how everything works.

Next the Cub Scouts, parents and siblings loaded onto Number 1776 Streetcar and took at ride down Pine Street. On the way the trolley stopped at a few places and the Motorman Paul Edmondson told us about the history of the Yakima Valley Trolleys plus the history of things in the City of Yakima we saw. One of the benches for an old trolley stop is still there along Pine Street.

The trolley tracks on Pine Street ended at Holton Avenue just off Tieton Drive. They had to move the power to the other end of the trolley to head the other direction. Colin Thomas, one of the Webelos Scouts got to help. This only took a few minutes and then we were on our way back to the Yakima Electric Railway Museum.

Once we got back, Karl Pasten gave us the tour of the carbarn as Motorman Paul Edmondson was bringing the streetcar in for the day. The Cub Scouts got one last ride into the carbarn.

This was a great experience for the Cub Scouts and their families. Thank you to Karl Pasten, Paul Edmondson and the other Yakima Valley Trolley Association volunteers that help keep this history alive.

You can find Yakima Valley Trolleys located in Yakima, Washington at South Third Avenue at West Pine Street. On the web at YakimaValleyTrolleys.org.

Selah Cub Scout Pack 276
For more information about Selah Cub Scout Pack 276:
Phone: Cubmaster Clay Graham 509 833-4472
Web: selahpack276.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SelahCubScoutPack276

Here are a some photos of the Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Trolley Tour:

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Selah Adventures!
A division of
Eastern Washington Adventures.

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Upcoming: Ahtanum State Forest Clean-up this summer!

Ahtanum State Forest Clean-up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
10 AM Saturday July 26th, 2014
at the
Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead.

To see what we do, check out the past Ahtanum State Forest Clean-ups:
2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007

See the flyer below for info!

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Photos: Ginkgo Petrified Forest & Low Water in the Columbia River

Ginkgo Petrified Forest & Low Water in the Columbia River
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures.

On the afternoon of Sunday April 13th, 2014 we headed over to Vantage, Washington to see how low the water in the Columbia River was. The Grant County PUD lowered the water in the Wanapum Reservoir due to a crack in the Wanapum Dam.

About the crack in Wanapum Dam: On 27 February 2014, a 2 inches wide crack was discovered by inspection divers on one of the 65 feet tall concrete monoliths that make up the spillway of the dam. A spokesman for the Grant County PUD indicated that the level of the water was to be lowered by 26 feet over a period of days to “reduce the pressure on the spillway while inspectors investigate”.

We try to stop at Wild Horse Monument to take some photos from there but it was closed for the season. The other view point across I-90 was also closed.

We headed back across the Columbia River to Vantage and stopped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park.

About Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park: Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve. Ginkgo Petrified Forest is a registered national natural landmark. It is regarded as one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world. In 1963, Wanapum Dam was completed about four miles downstream, raising the water level of the Columbia River. A new Interpretive Center was constructed and about 60 petroglyphs salvaged from the rising water. Many of the salvaged petroglyphs are on display at the Interpretive Center.

At Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park we looked at the Petrified wood, checked out the petroglyphs and took in the great views of the Columbia River.

With the water level lower in the Columbia River’s Wanapum Reservoir, you could see some remains of the old town of Vantage. In the early 1960s the town was relocated up the hill to the current location to make space for the Wanapum Reservoir.

Here are some photos of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest & Low Water in the Columbia River:

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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures 7th Annual Spring Fling

Eastern Washington Adventures
7th Annual Spring Fling

Report & photos by Clay Graham Eastern Washington Adventures.

On the afternoon of Friday April 11th, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures members started showing up to camp the weekend at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington.

Around 10 AM Saturday April 12th, 2014 we headed out from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House with four Jeeps. We convoyed to the south end of Durr Road and aired down.

After airing down we head north up Durr Road and turned up Rosa Road and ran it to the end. At the end of Rosa Creek Road we back track some and then went up Buffalo Ridge Road to a good view point for a break.

After the break we headed back down Durr Road and then went up to the towers on Umtanum Ridge. At the towers we took in the view and let the kids play some.

Next we headed west on Umtanum Ridge and then headed down taking Bell Telephone Road, onto Bull Pasture Road and back to Durr Road. Once on Durr Road we ran down to Sheep Company Road and aired up.

After airing up we headed back to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for the Spring Fling potluck and raffle.

Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House many others showed up for the fun. We had a great potluck dinner, a fun raffle and a campfire.

This was another great time thanks to all who came.

A special thank you to the following who donated the great prizes.

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Thanks to the following sponsors and to the members of Eastern Washington Adventures for helping to make this Raffle possible.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures
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Upcoming: Eastern Washington Adventures Spring Fling

This weekend!!

EWA Spring Fling – April 11-13 2014

Eastern Washington Adventures Spring Fling

Eastern Washington Adventures
Spring Fling

Friday April 11th through Sunday April 13th, 2014

Held at the
Eastern Washington Adventures Club House
3250 Selah Loop Rd. Selah, WA 98942
(see map)

Eastern Washington Adventures Spring Fling
2013 Eastern Washington Adventures Spring Fling Photo by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Free family fun.
Games for the kids, bounce house and playground.
RTI Ramp for those who bring rigs to flex.
Saturday 4×4 Sightseeing Adventure with Potluck dinner and raffle to follow.
Sunday Potluck Breakfast.

Free weekend camping.

Past event reports: 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

RSVP:
Please post how many people you are bringing so we know how much food to get.
Please post what potluck food you can bring so we have a variety of foods. GoPlay@EasternWashingtonAdventures.com




The schedule


Friday

3 PM – Gate opens to any one wanting to camp. Dry camping is free. Campfires only allowed in the biergarten fire pit.

Saturday

  • 9:30 AM – Line up for 4×4 adventure. See rules below.
  • 10 AM – Head out with 4×4 rigs for the sightseeing adventure.
  • 4 PM – Official Meet & Greet start time. RTI Ramp to show your rig flex
  • 5 PM – BBQ Potluck starts. Please bring something if you plan to eat.
  • 6:30 – PM Raffle.
  • 7 PM – Get together, party w/music & Dancing in the Club House.
  • Evening Campfire.

Note: Alcohol is allowed but will be not be sold or severed.
You must be 21 years of age with valid ID to drink adult beverages.

Sunday
9 AM – Potluck Breakfast & Coffee in the Club House

Please post up if your would like to donate some raffle items.

The 4×4 Adventure Rules

This is a Backroads run open to All street licensed road worthy 4×4 rigs.
We will be putting on some road miles so please do not bring a rig that will get you pulled over or one that might break down.
There may be some muddy areas. You must try to not spin your tires in muddy areas. Mudding is illegal in this area.
You must follow EWA rules and the laws of the land to run with us.
A Discover Pass or DFW pass is required for all vehicles.


Raffle donated items so far are:

Note: One item per ticket. Items are subject to change and more may be added.

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Go Play! Caps

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Henry Weinhard’s T-shirts

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Mike’s hard lemonade Snowboard

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Keystone Light Chairs

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Rainier Beer Sleeping Bag

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Twisted Tea Coleman Soft Coolers

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Heineken Mini Keg Backpack

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Thanks to the following who donated the great prizes and
to the members of Eastern Washington Adventures
for helping to make this Raffle possible.



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Photos: Umtanum Creek Hike with Selah Cub Scout Pack 276

Selah Cub Scout Pack 276
Umtanum Creek Hike

Report & photos by Clay Graham Eastern Washington Adventures.

On the Sunday April 6th, 2014 Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 headed up the Yakima River Canyon and met up at Umtanum Recreation Area to do a hike up Umtanum Creek Canyon.

Deborah Essman from the Kittitas County Field and Stream Club came to guide the Cub Scouts up the trail and teach them about all the cool things the Umtanum Creek Canyon has.

On the way up the trail there was a few different birds, Big Horn Sheep, wildflowers, old apple trees, cactus, and a lot of other different plants. Where we turned around there was a beaver dam.

After the hike some people stayed for a picnic.

This was a very fun thanks to all who came. A special thanks go out to Deborah Essman for coming and teaching the group about all the cool things in the Umtanum Creek Canyon.

Selah Cub Scout Pack 276
For more information about Selah Cub Scout Pack 276:
Phone: Cubmaster Clay Graham 509 833-4472
Web: selahpack276.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SelahCubScoutPack276

Here are a some photos of the Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Umtanum Creek Hike:

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News: Ridgerunners April Fools 3 Ballin is CANCELED

CANCELED!!! “Ridgerunners April Fools 3 Ballin” CANCELED!!!

Please spread the word to those who plan to come.

Eastern Washington Adventures

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Forest Service: Cle Elum Ranger District Seasonal Motorized Trail Closure

U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

For immediate release: April 1, 2014 11:00AM
Contacts: Nancy Jones – Public Information Officer – 509 852 1011
Mikki Douglass – Off Road Vehicle Manager – 509 852 1051


Cle Elum R.D. Seasonal Motorized Trail Closure

Cle Elum — Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials have closed all trails to motorized use on the Cle Elum Ranger District until June 15 to protect natural resources during periods of heavy use, spring precipitation and run-off from snow melt. This closure does not apply to snowmobiles or non-motorized use.

According to Mikki Douglass, Off Road Vehicle Trail Manager for the Cle Elum Ranger District, trails will be evaluated on a case by case, day to day basis. Once a trail has dried out and maintenance is completed, it could be opened prior to June 15th. Trails that are opened before June 15 will be marked at the trailhead with Trail Open signs. It is hoped that some trails in the Liberty and Taneum areas will be opened to the public prior to Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer recreation season.

National Forest Lands are extremely fragile during the spring melt and run off. Trails, as well as roads and the surrounding lands are particularly vulnerable to damage from motorized vehicles. Both on and off-road vehicles driving on wet trails or moist surfaces cause ruts, erosion and potholes. The Forest Service and volunteer groups struggle to repair damage to trails and lands every year. One way to mitigate this damage is implementation of this closure.

Most motorized user groups support seasonal closures; many of these clubs have requested seasonal closures because they help maintain these trails. They would rather give up a couple of weekends on the trails each year to protect resources, while helping to ensure that their sport will continue to be welcome on National Forest Lands

Volunteer work is critical to keeping trails open and maintained and is carried out by individuals as well as clubs who have adopted trails. Volunteers work under the supervision of Forest Service trail managers and maintain trails by improving drainage from wet areas, cutting out trees which have blown down across trails, and reinforcing areas that have slumped. Crews will focus their efforts on the trails in the Liberty area and if conditions permit, in the lower Taneum trail system as well in the coming weeks.

Maps of the closures will be posted at all motorized trailheads. As trails open, these maps will be updated to reflect those trails that are open to motorized use.

For additional trail information please contact the Cle Elum Ranger Station at 509- 852-1100. Current information can also be found on the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/okawen

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Nancy

Nancy Jones
Public Information Officer
Visitor Services Information Assistant
Cle Elum Ranger District
509-852-1044

Eastern Washington Adventures

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Upcoming: Ridgerunners April Fools 3 Ballin – Apr 5 2014

Ridgerunners 3 Ball

 

Eastern Washington Adventures

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Forest Service: Seasonal Trail Closure in Effect April 1st

U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Naches Ranger District Public Information Assistant Michelle King, (509) 653-1420
Naches Ranger District Front Country Trails Coordinator Kevin Hill, (509) 653-1436
For immediate release: March 31, 2014—11:00 a.m.

Seasonal Trail Restrictions in Effect April 1st

NACHES—Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest managers plan to implement a seasonal closure on Naches Ranger District motorized trails from April 1 until June 15 to protect natural resources, minimize damage to trails, and maintain quality trail systems.

The Naches Ranger District seasonal restrictions apply to all trails with any type of motorized designation and includes all trail users, motorized or non-motorized.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has successfully implemented similar temporary closures the past three years in the wet spring months. If conditions warrant, trails will be opened prior to June 15th on a case by case basis.

Naches Ranger District recreation managers have worked with motorized user groups to implement the closures in a manner that minimizes impacts to the public, while protecting natural resources. Both motorized and non-motorized user group members volunteer to maintain trails and help educate the public on the adverse impacts of traveling on muddy trails. These impacts often include increased soil erosion and additional trail maintenance.

Naches District Ranger Irene Davidson said, “Year after year volunteers prove to be invaluable to our recreation program, these trails are as important to them as they are to us.” Approved volunteers will be permitted on certain trails prior to the opening date to assist with maintenance and to help make trail opening determinations.

The selected opening date of June 15th is flexible and based on weather information and existing trail conditions. Trails in different areas may open earlier or later than June 15. The Forest Service and volunteer partners will make every effort to clear trails of logs and other forest debris so trail systems can be opened as soon as they dry out.

Information on the trail restrictions will continue to be made available through signs on major roads, news releases, radio announcements and website notices.

Naches Ranger District recreation managers will continue to assess the effectiveness of the spring motorized trail closure with regard to the intent of protecting trails and reducing annual maintenance needs.

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Upcoming: 13th Annual Durr Road Clean up – Apr 19 2014

13th Annual Durr Road Clean up April 19th, 2014 starting at 9 AM. Join the Kittitas County Field and Stream Club on the Durr Road at the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area.

For more information call 509-968-4532 or visit our website at kittitasfieldandstream.org

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Photos: 2014 Slab ORV Area Clean-up

2014 Slab ORV Area Clean-up
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday March 22nd, 2014 volunteers met up at the Slab ORV Area near Buena Washington around 10 AM for the Slab Clean-up hosted by the Dust Dodgers & Eastern Washington Adventures.

This year the Slab ORV Area was not too trashy. There was a lot of volunteers that came out to help. There were members from the Dust Dodgers, Eastern Washington Adventures, Desert Rats, Sand Scorpions and Selah Cub Scout Pack 276. There maybe a few more that did not get signed in.

We would like to thank all the people that came out to help. Thank you to the Dust Dodgers for taking care of the dump fee.

Thank you for the support from the following: Dust Dodgers, Eastern Washington Adventures, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276, PNW4WDA Region 4, Built-it Offroad and Forest Watch Volunteer Program.

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Here are a few pictures I took of the 2014 Slab Clean Up:

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