2018 Annual Report

How is the Forest providing clean water, economic opportunities, healthier landscapes, sustainable recreation, and so much more? Learn how we cared for the land and served people in 2018.


Guided Snowshoe Walks

Guided Snowshoe Walks at Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and Swauk Sno-Park. Get outdoors and learn about winter ecology snowshoeing on the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests January through March. No experience is necessary and the Forest Service provides snowshoes.

Recreation Survey for Upper Yakima River Basin

This spring, a new survey will be available for public land users near and far to tell the Forest Service and partners the types and locations of important outdoor recreation activities they enjoy in western Kittitas and Yakima Counties.

Fire Area Closures

There are many closures in effect due to wildfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  When planning your trip, please check to make sure the area you plan to visit is accessible and open for public use.

For a map of closures, go to the Interactive Closure Map

Conconully Ranger Station Auction

Own a Piece of History! The old Conconully Ranger Station can be yours! 

The Forest Service is auctioning six buildings and 0.78 acre of land known as the Conconully Work Center.  Formerly known as the Conconully Ranger Station, the Work Center is in the town of Conconully, Washington. Located at 405 Main Street, between Boone Street and Lake Street, adjacent to existing residences and commercial properties.

Current Aerial Insect and Disease Damage Survey Maps

The Forest Service has been conducting Aerial Insect and Disease Damage Surveys in the Pacific Northwest for 70 years. See the latest map for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and other forests across Oregon and Washington. You can zoom in on map and display a legend explaining color codes.

Commercial and Personal Use Mushroom Harvesting

Information about permits required, gathering guidelines, maps of potential personal use picking areas, and more...

Northwest Forest Plan 20-Year Monitoring Reports

The Forest Service Research Station hosted a public forum and webinar to share key findings of the Northwest Forest Plan 20-Year Monitoring Reports on June 9 in Vancouver, WA. The forum included a series of presentations on the reports’ key findings, which can be accessed at the Regional Ecosystem Office forum website: reo.gov/monitoring/reports/20yr-report

What to Do When Lost in the Woods

A 1946 Forest Service publication with some great words of wisdom. [2-page PDF]

Wheelchair Accessible Trails on the Forest

Check out these great videos highlighting the opprortunities for wheelchair accessible adventures on this National Forest and many other forests across the Pacific Northwest.

Treasured Landscapes – Majestic Methow

Since 2012, a portion of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that encompasses the Pasayten Wilderness and stretches almost all the way to Winthrop, Washington, has been part of the National Forest Foundation’s (NFF) Treasured Landscapes. In this Majestic Methow area, the NFF, the U.S. Forest Service, individuals and corporate partners, and local conservation organizations are investing more than $2 million in important restoration work. The NFF’s Majestic Methow projects were developed during community meetings in the Methow Valley. Here is a brief description of our current list. 

Motorized Travel Management Environmental Assessment Ready for Review & Comment

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is announcing the release of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for Motorized Travel Management. The Draft EA will be available to the public for review and comment for 30 days starting on June 8, here: fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46467

See News Release

The 2005 Travel Management Rule requires each National Forest to designate roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by vehicle class and time of year and close the forest to cross-country use. Travel management planning is necessary because of growing recreation use and changes in the types of motorized recreation on the Forest.

Forest Restoration Strategy

The Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. is experiencing uncharacteristically severe fires, insect infestations, disease epidemics, habitat loss and hydrologic events causing massive erosion. Climate change will exacerbate these threats in the near future. Scientists agree active, landscape-scale restoration is needed if the forest is to become resilient to these threats. Learn more by visiting the restoration strategy website

Motorized Travel Management

Find out where you are allowed to use your motor vehicle on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

How to Start and Put Out a Campfire

A 5-minute Forest Service video

Summer 2019 Jobs

Applications open September 17, 2018 for hundreds of Forest Service summer jobs.

Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Plan Revision

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is revising its Forest Plan. The new plan will reflect resource and social changes on the Forest, as well as new scientific information. 

Draggin' Bottom

Summer is here and people are returning to our rivers to cool off. Salmon return to our rivers about this time too. They deposit their eggs in gravel on the river bottom — in shallow areas where the current is swift. These shallow areas are the same places where canoes, rafts and inner tubes drag bottom. People also tend to walk across the river in these shallow areas. People can help the salmon out by walking on dry ground instead of wading in the spawning beds. The places where salmon have spawned are one to three square yards in size. The gravel looks brighter than surrounding gravel.

Remember, if you’re draggin’ bottom, it’s time to watch for salmon and their spawning beds!

Hiking Safely with Mountain Goats

This Forest Service video titled "Hiking Safely with Goats" provides guidance and educational value for people recreating in areas where they are likely to have interactions with mountain goats.

Forest Eliminates Recreation Fees at Specific Sites

The Forest Service has eliminated some fees charged for these areas or converted to individual recreation fee sites with reduced boundaries.

50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. See Wilderness 50 website