First Tuesday Program - “Can You Eat That?”
From deliciously edible to potently poisonous, join local herbalist and author, Rosalee de la Forêt, on a photo tour of the Methow and discover the edible, medicinal and poisonous plants of this beautiful valley. She’ll be covering many plants found in her brand new book, Alchemy of Herbs: Transforming Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal, which will be available at the program from the Trails End bookstore. Get ready for the spring and summer native plant season with this talk!
The program is free and open to everyone. The doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, contact 996-2870 or email@example.com.
Volunteering for the Methow
We here at the Methow Conservancy were inspired to update our own Volunteering Webpage and kick-start an expanded list of opportunities for you to get involved with field work (want to get rid of all that down barbed wire?!), assist with educational activities, help local farmers and much more. See all the upcoming volunteer activities here, and join others in some community-driven work that makes the Methow so special!
Plus, stay tuned for a wonderful new Methow Valley-wide volunteering website from local GenNxter and software developer Neil Rotstan! At the Community Engagement Fair, Neil debuted a prototype of the website which allows organizations to create profiles and post volunteer activities, and for individuals to browse by issue, organization, date, and skill-set. In April, we’ll work with Neil to train local organizations to use the website. We plan to launch a pilot version of the website in May!
Earth Week 2017 - Join Us and Others on Volunteer Crews!
The Methow Conservancy’s first post-snow “Adopt-a-Highway” clean-up is on Sunday, April 16th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. We need eight able-bodied volunteers to pick up trash and recycling on a short section of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop. Contact Mary for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 996-2870. Thank you!
During “Earth Week” (and beyond), there are many other clean-up crews working on County roads, Highway 20 or maybe even your favorite valley trail. If you want to get involved but need help finding a crew, contact Methow Recycles at 997-0520 or email@example.com to let them know where you will be tidying or ask about crews that need help. Methow Recycles and WasteWise Methow are making it easy with free blue bags for separating recyclables from trash.
Saturday, April 22nd, the Town of Twisp volunteer Parks & Recreation Department is hosting an Earth Day town clean-up. Gather from 10 am - 12 pm at Twisp Commons for dividing groups into the neighborhood and spreading out to downtown areas including Twisp Commons, Twisp Park, airport sports fields and track. Bring gloves, rakes, and a trash bag for rubbish. Blue bags for recyclables will be provided.
Sunday, April 23rd, from 8:30am-Noon, the Methow Conservancy is teaming up with Pearrygin Lake State Park for a big Earth Day Spring clean-up! Dozens of volunteers are needed to clean-up an old homestead/ranch area. The valuable and historical materials have already been removed, now it’s time to get all the junk. We’ll work to pile tires, metal, trash, burned debris, wood and a rock foundation, all to be removed later. Wear your work clothes and bring some good clean-up gear like metals rakes and shovels. Park admission for the whole day is free to volunteers. Join others for a BBQ afterwards and a talk by Ranger Rick Lewis on the history of the park, then take a flower walk with Mary Kiesau or simply enjoy the park for free! We need lots of help – please RSVP to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-996-2870.
We’ll be in the school for Earth Week as well! On Friday, April 21st our monthly “School Yard Science” program with the 4th grade classes will focus on a series of hands-on projects on the schoolyard. This month, we’ll be joined by Classroom in Bloom, Methow Recycles, and Methow Trails for an extra-special Earth Day extravaganza!
March Matchness Match Made!
Arbor Day “Free Trees” Give-Away
The Methow Valley event is Saturday April 29th from 9am – Noon at TwispWorks at 502 S. Glover Street. Early distribution for wildlife survivors of 2014 or 2015 is from 9:30-10:30am. Open distribution to anyone starts at 10:30am and ends when the trees are gone or by Noon, whichever is sooner. The trees go fast! The small native trees include Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, and Chokecherry. There will be printed material and experts available to provide information on planting and caring for these young trees.
Volunteers are needed Friday April 28th from 10am-2pm, and Saturday from 9am to Noon. The work is a bit sloppy and dirty, but it’s not difficult or strenuous. You can take your trees early if you help!
For more information about the event or to volunteer, contact Heide with at 996-2870 or email@example.com.
The Arbor Day 2017 Community Tree Recovery Distributions are also taking place in Pateros on April 28th, in Tonasket on April 29th, and in Okanogan on April 8th. See all the details here.
Spring into Field Classes!
Ag Update from Alyssa
The Life & Times of Methow Mammals
Welcome Peggy Porter & Thank You Richard Hart!
I’ve been fortunate to work first at UW and now for 25 years at the Fred Hutch. I lead the Breast Cancer Research Program and have had the opportunity to do breast cancer studies in China, Russia and Latin America. Just this June, (my husband) Rolf and I sold our house in Seattle and moved our entire operation over to Lower Bear Creek. I’m still working in Seattle 3-4 days a week so have had the good fortune to drive into the Methow each week from the north or the south and be amazed anew at the beauty of this exquisite valley. We continue to ski, bike, run and hike and become part of a community of activated types who inspire people to care for and protect this valley. We are all in!
And, thank you Richard Hart!
Public Notice: Comment on our Compliance with National Land Trust Standards
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The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Methow Conservancy complies with national quality standards. See the full list of standards. To submit a comment, visit landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on our application will be most useful by June 4th.
New Members - Thank You!
Thank you for inspiring people to care for the land of the Methow Valley!
Methow Conservancy Events
April 11th (note: 2nd Tuesday!): “Can You Eat That?" with local herbalist and author, Rosalee de la Forêt, 7:00-8:30pm, free, at the Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. See above for more details.
April 15th: Wildlife Tracking Intensive, first of six sessions with instructor Nate Bacon. Click here for more information.
April 16th: Earth Day “Adopt-a-Highway” Clean-Up, 3:00 - 5:00pm. Eight volunteers are needed to help us clean-up a short section of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop. Contact Mary for more details at email@example.com or 509-996-2870.
April 21st: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 9:00 - 11:00am with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
April 23rd: Earthday Spring Clean-up for Pearrygin Lake State Park, 8:30am-Noon. Dozens of volunteers are needed to clean-up an old homestead area. See above for more details. Free.
April 29th: The Arbor Day 2017 Community Tree Recovery Methow Valley Distribution event is 9am – Noon at TwispWorks at 502 S. Glover Street. Early distribution for wildlife survivors of 2014 or 2015 is from 9:30-10:30am. Open distribution, to anyone starts at 10:30am. Volunteers needed Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th! See above for more details
May 1st: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 4:00 - 6:00pm with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
May 2nd: Methow Conservancy “First Tuesday” Program, “Tides: The Science & Spirit of the Oceans” with Jonathan White, 7:00-8:30pm, free, at the Winthrop Barn. After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide. Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and criss-crossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.
May 6th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 8:30 - 10:30am with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
May 11th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 4:00 - 6:00pm with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
May 17th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 8:00 - 10:00am with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
May 26th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 3:00 - 6:00pm with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
May 29th: Methow Conservancy Naturalist Walk & Talk, 7:00 - 9:00am with Mary Kiesau. See above for more details. Free.
May 30th (note - this serves as the June "First Tuesday" program): “River Restoration: Comparing the Elwha and Methow Rivers” with award-winning engineer Jennifer Bountry, 7:00-8:30pm, free, at the Merc Playhouse. Join Bureau of Reclamation engineer Jennifer Bountry, the 2017 “Federal Engineer of the Year,” for an in-depth look at the natural and engineered work of river restorations, both in the Methow and on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula where Bountry served as a lead scientist.
June 1st – 4th: Methow Conservancy Spring Naturalists’ Retreat. The Naturalists’ Retreat is an annual celebration of the Methow Valley in springtime! The class is limited to 20 people and costs $200*/person, including one catered dinner. To register or for more information, contact Mary at 509-996-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information
October 7-8th: Wildlife Track & Sign Certification Class, $200*. Spend two full days in the field with professional wildlife tracker, naturalist and educator, David Moskowitz. David's approach is highly interactive, with "test" questions starting the moment we meet-up. David actively engages participants in identification and interpretation of tracks and signs, and builds in lots of time for questions and discussion too. This style is an excellent way to learn and investigate, with the goal being to attain a wildlife tracking certificate through Cybertracker Conservation. Certificates are awarded on three levels. The whole experience is a lot of fun to boot! The class is limited to 11 people, and costs $200* per person. Lodging and food are on you own. Contact Mary to register at 509-996-2870 or email@example.com
News from Other Organizations
The Methow Headwaters Campaign will host a happy hour/campaign night at the Seattle REI on April 14th starting 5:30PM-7:30PM. They will show the short film, have drinks/food, and have several ways folks can get involved. RSVP and get more information here.
Metal Drive! Methow Recycles’ annual two-day metal clean-up event is Saturday & Sunday, April 29th and 30th, 9am - 3pm at Cascade Concrete on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop. It’s a great way to wrap up everyone’s Earth Week and spring cleaning activities! Click here for all the information.
The Grizzly Bear Restoration in the North Cascades Ecosystem draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the National Park Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is available for public review and comment at this website through April 28th.
Peoples Climate March Saturday, April 29th from 3:30 pm til 5:30 pm. March in solidarity to celebrate and honor Clean Air, Clean Water and Public Lands as vital components of healthy communities throughout North Central Washington. March route to be determined and will end at Twisp Park.
The Methow Valley Interpretive Center is open for the season! See all their “Last Sunday” presentations, upcoming exhibits, workshops and other news here.
Okanogan Land Trust (OLT) is hiring a Conservation Associate to participate in all aspects of OLT’s land protection and stewardship efforts, including project development, communication, and outreach to landowners and partners. The position is open until filled, with first review of applications on April 24, 2017. For a complete job description, application instructions, and more information about Okanogan Land Trust, please visit http://www.okanoganlandtrust.org.
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