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September 2008 ENews

Monthly Program:  The Red Shed ~ Local Food Supporting the Local Community
Tuesday, September 9th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Red Shed garden on Twisp River Rd (on the 2nd Tuesday Red Shed Gardenthis month!)
Join Kelleigh McMillan and volunteers of "The Red Shed", as well as representatives from The Cove and Room One, for an amazing garden tour and exploration into how caring individuals and local food are making a difference in our community.  Enjoy fresh food made with garden ingredients, plus beverages.

The Red Shed garden is a program of Room One, and is on the corner of Twisp River Road and Frost Road (2.5 miles up Twisp River Rd).

The event is free and open to everyone.  Questions?  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or

Fifth Annual Cider Squeeze & Social Amelia Bondi, ready for the cider squeeze!
Sunday, September 28th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars and start saving jugs for our annual Cider Squeeze at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house just south of Winthrop.  This sweet event is always a special, fun-filled time to celebrate community, conservation and the harvest season.  It's free and anyone is welcome.  Meet new friends and old friends plus Methow Conservancy staff and board members.  Enjoy great food, music and much more.  There will be activities for kids of all ages, and of course you’ll want to take a turn working the unique and historic apple press.

Please bring your own jugs for taking home cider, and apples or food if you wish. RSVPs (by 9/25) are appreciated but not required.  Contact us at 996-2870 or if you have questions or need directions.

Our Annual Report is Available
Our Annual Report for the last fiscal year (April 2007 – March 2008) was recently mailed to members.  If you did not receive one or would like another one, contact us at 996-2870 or, or view it online here.  Public support from people like you provides nearly 60% of our operating budget.  We highly value your financial support and welcome your thoughts on how we can continue to serve you, the land, and the Methow Valley community in a meaningful way.  As always, thank you for your continued support!

Cage-A-Tree, Save a Riparian Area
Cage-A-Tree volunteersStewardship Volunteers Needed Thursday, September 18th! As we’ve mentioned in past E-News reports, our Stewardship Program recently acquired grant funding via the Chelan/Douglas P.U.D. Tributary Fund for restoration work within riparian forest habitats of the middle Methow and lower Twisp Rivers.  This funding will allow us to cage saplings and seedlings in areas where riparian forest recovery is being severely hampered by deer browsing. 

We’ve completed two cage-a-tree projects this summer with the help of a handful of volunteers.  Volunteers are needed to help with a third project on September 18th from 9 a.m. until Noon.  We will be building 50+ cages and anchoring them around young saplings and seedlings that would love to become trees.  If you can lend your hands to help give a riparian forest a chance to thrive into a healthy habitat for fish, birds and water quality, let us know! 

To sign up, please call the Methow Conservancy at 996-2870 or email us.

Migration Season Brings Hundreds of Raptors
The Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Project is up and running again near Cooper Mountain at the south end of the valley.  Releasing a golden eagle at Chelan Ridge.This is the 12th year of the partnership between “HawkWatch International” and the “US Forest Service, Methow Valley Ranger District.”  In the last eleven years, in just 639 observation days, more than 23,000 migrant hawks, eagles, falcons, harriers, vultures, ospreys, and accipiters have been counted as they leave breeding areas and move to winter habitats.  The Migration Project site is up Black Canyon Rd in the lower valley, and runs from late August until mid October.  More than 2000 people have visited the site and had the unusual opportunity to see a live raptor up-close.  You can too! 

The project is open to the public every day in September and the early part of October.  If you go, bring lots of warm clothes (regardless of warm weather down in the Valley) and binoculars.  More information is available at the Forest Service office in Winthrop.  More information including a map and directions are available here. 

Fifth Annual Methow Mixer in Seattle
Past REI Mixer, photo by Mary KiesauMonday, October 6th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Flagship REI store in downtown Seattle
Join us at this unique event where we bring the Methow to the Westside for an evening of food, fun and prizes.  For all of you in the greater Seattle area who have a special place in your heart for the Methow, enjoy an evening of community and conservation with interesting booths, a beautiful slideshow, news from our Executive Director, free raffle prizes, membership gifts, and the Great Methow Treasure Hunt!  RSVPs (by 9/25) appreciated but not required.  Contact Mary or Emily at 996-2870 or for details or to RSVP.

Natural History Book ClubThe Abstract Wild
Like the start of school, it’s time for us to say goodbye to the lazy, dog days of summer and put our noses back in some great books.  Our Natural History Book Club is no longer meeting monthly but we’ll still suggest great books that we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading.  September’s book is The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner.  This book is a collection of eight essays by former philosophy professor, long-time mountain and rock climber, and author, Jack Turner.   Stay tuned to E-News for each month’s book.  See the previous books we’ve read at our Book Club page.

Exotic Terranes, Floods, Faults, and Hoodoos:  The Story Behind the Pipestone Formation – A Free Methow Conservancy Fieldtrip
Have you ever wondered how Pipestone Canyon formed?  Do you know how this canyon ties into the larger events that shaped the Methow Valley? Join us October 11th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for this free geology fieldtrip and find out! 

Our Pipestone rock formations tell a unique story of Pipestone Canyon, photo by Mary Kiesau.eroding mountain ranges, glacial flooding, Dawn redwood trees, igneous intrusions and geologic terrane bounding faults.  Bring your hiking boots and your lunch for a hike with Methow Conservancy Stewardship Associate (and geology enthusiast) Eric Bard.  We will travel down canyon and down section (younger to older) in search of hoodoos, conglomerates, fossils, clastic dikes, and granitic rock as we learn how the Pipestone ties together the geologic history of the our local accreted terranes: The Methow and Quesnellia (sometimes known locally as the Okanogan microcontinent/subcontinent).  

Meet at the Winthrop MVSTA trailhead (next to Winthrop Fitness and PT) at 9:30 a.m. sharp.  From there we will carpool to Campbell Lake, hike about a mile down canyon, eat lunch and finish by 1:00.  Those seeking more adventure and geologic interpretation can join Eric on a steep hike up to the high point of the canyon for an overlook of the Sawtooths (Chelan Mts. Terrane) and other features of geologic interest.  Please come prepared for all weather, and bring food and water.

The field-trip is open to everyone and no registration is needed.  Donations will be accepted but are not required for this free tour.  For more information contact Eric or Mary at 996-2870 or

Hearth, Health and Home: A Halloween FUNraiser!
Friday, October 31st from 7:00 to midnight at the Grange Hall in Twisp
With fall arriving, Halloween is surprisingly not too far away.  Join fellow community supporters for a Halloween Costume Ball and Community FUNraiser to benefit The Cove (Hearth), Aeromethow (Health) and the Methow Conservancy (Home).  Dance the night away to Terry Hunt's Rock Band, eat sweets and treats by Chef Todd Brown and enjoy a no host bar.  Costumes highly encouraged as there will be a prize for the best costume!

A ticket is needed to attend and all proceeds will benefit the three organizations.  The $30 entry ticket includes one drink ticket and sweets and treats.  Tickets are available through The Cove, Aero Methow, and the Methow Conservancy.  Pick the organization you wish to support, purchase your tickets through them, and they'll get 100% of the proceeds.  If you'd like to support the Methow Conservancy with your ticket purchase, call or email Emily today (996-2870, to reserve your ticket.  The more tickets we sell by October 1st the better, so get your tickets sooner rather than later!  There are a limited number of tickets!

Also contact Emily if you would like to support the event by volunteering.  We will need six volunteers to help with setup and breakdown.  

News From Other Organizations
The following is a letter to Methow Conservancy E-News readers from Twisp Town Council Member Thomas P. Gehring regarding the Town’s efforts to acquire the surplus Forest Service property and buildings in Twisp.

“The Town of Twisp has been working to acquire the surplus Forest Service property located in the center of town.  Both the 6.39 acres and 17 buildings carry an incredible amount of potential to benefit the local and regional community in a positive manner.  The Twisp Forest Service Task Force has made great strides to achieve this.  Our efforts have included several levels of public and political engagement, conducting a feasibility study and the creation of the Twisp Public Development Authority.  Despite our attempts for direct conveyance, the Forest Service plans to auction the land on September 30th through the GSA internet auction website.

One of the many benefits of public places is in the engagement of its citizenry.  Nurturing community interaction is paramount to maintaining a healthy, balanced and sustainable lifestyle.  To this extent, your involvement is strongly encouraged at this critical juncture.  The Forest Service will be conducting an open house on September 5th and 6th, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Please feel free to come, walk through the buildings and share in the vision of this unique piece of land.  More information is available on the Town of Twisp website or feel free to call me at any time at 509-429-1819.  Thank you for your consideration.”

Below, you'll find announcements about events or publications (ours and those of other organizations) that we think you might find interesting.

  •    September 1st:  Methow Creamery Farm Tour, Noon - 3:30 p.m. at 287 Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road.Offered byTilth Producers of Washington, the WSU Small Farms Team, and Ron VanderYacht and Elise Knight.  Beverages are provided; please bring a lunch.  Cost is $10 for Tilth Producers members; $15 for non-members.  Visit Tilth Producers for more information. 

  •      September 9th:  Methow Conservancy monthly program (on the 2nd Tuesday) – The Red Shed: Local Food Supporting the Local Community, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Red Shed garden on Twisp River Rd.  Join Kelleigh McMillan, Red Shed volunteers, representatives from The Cove and Room One, for an amazing garden tour and exploration into how caring individuals and local food are making a difference in our community.  The event is free and open to everyone.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or

  •      September 18th:  Cage-A-Tree Riparian Restoration Volunteer Project, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  Contact Eric at 996-2870 or if you are interested.

  •     September 21st:  PSM’s Annual Community Harvest Dinner, at The Barn; doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Be sure to get your tickets in advance from Daily Business (Twisp), the Confluence Gallery, Methow Cycle and Sport, Local 98856, Carlton Store or the Mazama Store.  You can also purchase tickets for the raffle packages there.  The Partnership for a Sustainable Methow is also looking for volunteers and food donations to help make this year's Harvest Dinner a success - if you have time or garden/farm food to offer please call 997-1050 or e-mail

    Apples ready for squeezing, photo by Mary Kiesau

  •     September 28th:  5th Annual Cider Squeeze and Social, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Dave and Marilyn Sabold's house in Winthrop.  Join us foranother entertaining celebration of the harvest season with an apple cider pressing, great food and conversation. It's free and all are welcome.  Please bring your own jugs for cider, and apples or food if you wish. RSVPs (by 9/25) appreciated but not required.  Contact us at 996-2870 or for more info.

    Methow Mixer, photo by Mary Kiesau

  •     October 6th:  5th Annual Methow Mixer, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Flagship REI store in downtown Seattle.Join us at this unique event where we bring the Methow to the Westside for an evening of food, fun and prizes.  RSVPs (by 9/25) appreciated but not required.  Contact us at or 996-2870 for more information.

  •     October 11th:  Geology Fieldtrip Exotic Terranes, Floods, Faults, and Hoodoos:  The Story Behind the Pipestone Formation,” 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Meet at the Winthrop MVSTA trailhead (next to Winthrop Fitness and PT) at 9:30 a.m. Please come prepared for all weather, and bring food and water.  The field-trip is free and open to everyone.  No registration is needed.  See above for more details.

  •     October 13th:  Methow Conservancy monthly program – Wild Mushrooms of the Pacific Mushrooms, photo by Mary KiesauNorthwest, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub.  Mick Mueller, a mycologist (mushroom expert) with the Wenatchee/Leavenworth USFS Ranger District, will give a presentation on the huge variety of mushrooms that live under our feet and come out for daylight in the fall.  Mick is highly regarded in the mushroom world and gives a great presentation – don’t miss this one!  The pub will open at 6:00 p.m. for attendees who would like to purchase drinks or something from the light menu.  The event is free and open to everyone.  Contact Mary at 996-2870 or

  •     November 11th:  Methow Conservancy monthly program (on the 2nd Tuesday due to Election Day) – Edible, Medicinal, and Poisonous Plants of the Methow Valley, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub.  Rosalee de la Foret will help us explore everything from beloved natives to disastrous weeds and look at how they have been used in the past as well as today for the health and well-being of humankind. We’ll also look to the villains of the valley to learn what poisonous plants have to teach us. This informative evening will be full of pictures and tasty recipes right from your back yard.

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