The Colville National Forest disproves the widely held notion that Washington state lies flat east of the Cascade Mountains. Today's 1.1 million acre forest was first shaped over 10,000 years ago by Ice Age glaciers that carved three major valleys of today's Columbia, San Poil-Curlew, and Pend Oreille River flowing north into Canada before entering the Columbia River. These million acres in the northeast corner roll like the high seas. Three waves of mountains run from north to south, separated by troughs of valleys. These ranges -- the Okanogan, Kettle River, and Selkirk -- are considered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Read full article.
The Colville and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests are working in a cooperative effort to revise their Forest Plans. The two national forests released Proposed Actions on June 30, 2011, which was followed by a 90-day comment period that closed on September 28, 2011.
The Forests are now analyzing those public comments to identify main issues and public concerns related to the proposed actions. The public concerns will be used to identify a range of alternatives, and refine the scope of the analysis—which will be documented in a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). Please visit the Forest Plan Revision Project page to learn more about the next steps in the process..... (Forest Plan Revision Page)