September 2018 ENews

Welcome to E-News - A monthly brief to inspire us all to care for the land of the Methow Valley.

Our Theme This Month: Harvest
Fall or autumn used to be called Harvest. September marks the beginning of that season when we gather the bounty from gardens, farms, and orchards.  It is also when we gather together, after a fire and smoke-filled summer like this, to re-connect and re-energize our appreciation for this fragile and yet resilient Valley.

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apple treeFirst Tuesday: "Apples to Apples: What You Need to Know About the Apple Maggot Quarantine and Caring for Backyard Fruit"
Tuesday, September 4th @ The Grange in Twisp.  Free. 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm). 

With an apple maggot quarantine proposed for the upper Methow Valley, come hear from a panel of fruit experts.  Katherine Buckley from the Washington State Department of Agriculture will explain how the quarantine would work.  Dan McCarthy from the Okanogan County Horticultural, Pest and Disease Control Board will describe the biology of the apple maggot and the pest board’s work to limit it’s spread.  Stina Booth of Booth Canyon Orchard will talk about the codling moth, another apple pest plaguing commercial orchards and backyard trees.

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Fall is Cider Squeeze Time
Sunday, September 30th from 2:00 – 4:00pm
The Sabold Residence, 17 Bean Rd (1 mile south of Winthrop on the East County Rd)

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There’s nothing quite like the Cider Squeeze to celebrate the turning of the seasons, take in the bounty of the Methow Valley’s harvest, and share in gratitude for this amazing community.

Mark your calendars and clean-up a couple of jugs for our annual Cider Squeeze & Social at Dave and Marilyn Sabold’s house just south of Winthrop. Enjoy great music from the Rivertown Ramblers, tasty treats, and fresh pressed apple juice. Everyone can take a turn working the unique and historic apple press, and take home some tasty juice. Bring your own jug or take a jug from us. We hope you’ll join us!

This unique celebration is free and everyone is welcome!  Contact us at 996-2870 or email us  if you have questions or need directions. 

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Ben_peplowBen's Back!
We're bringing our popular Spend a Ben campaign back. With another summer of fires and smoke, local Methow Valley businesses need your support. So, consider spending a "Ben" (that's slang for a $100 bill, but truthfully any bills with dead presidents will do) in the Methow this fall. From overnight accommodations to restaurants and retail, artists and farmers, the hard-working small business owners in the Methow Valley would love to hear from you. Not sure where to spend your Ben? You can check out our list of Business Partners (local businesses who believe in and support our conservation work because protecting land helps preserve our economy!) or check out the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, Twisp Chamber of Commerce, or Methow Made listings, Methow Grown listings, or the business directory on Methownet.com.  

You may wonder why a land trust is promoting spending in the local economy, but the logic is clear to us.  We exist to inspire people to care for the land and the simple truth is people can’t care for the land if they can’t care for their families.  Plus, this local community has supported our work for more than 20 years and this is the least we can do to give a little back! And just to be clear, we are NOT asking for a donation to the Methow Conservancy. We do not "get" anything from the Spend a Ben campaign except the satisfaction of helping start a movement that helps the community we love.

We'll have our popular Spend a Ben stickers out in local businesses starting next week sometime. Thanks again to artist Baylie Peplow for creating our Methow Ben way back in 2014. And, thank you to all for the support you give to the businesses and organizations in this Valley you love!

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More Fall Events and Volunteer Opportunities
From fish to fencing, we’ve got a wide variety of fall events to keep your busy!

Tara GreggSpring Chinook Welcome Walk
Thursday, September 20th, 10:00am – 12:00pm, free

Come celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of the return of the spring Chinook salmon with a walk along the Methow River.

Join Cascades Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group’s Kristen Kirkby and other local experts as they talk about what it takes for spring Chinook to make it back to their spawning grounds and what work is being done to ensure that their habitat is intact once they get there. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 30 people. We will choose a location based on weather conditions. Call Daniel at 996-2870 or email him to register.

Art at right by Tara Gregg.

heckendorn fallHeckendorn Hillside Work Party
Saturday, September 15th, 9am – 1pm  Volunteer Work Party

Join us on the Heckendorn Hillside for some weeding, barbed wire fence removal, and wood cleanup. Tools, snacks, and water will be provided. Please bring your own gloves if you have them!

We will offer a short guided walk into the park at 12:30pm for those who are interested. Sign up on Volunteer Methow!

Lewis ButteLewis Butte Trail Restoration
Thursday, September 27th, 3pm – 6pm, Volunteer Work Party

We’ll be restoring a particularly steep and eroded section of a double track on Lewis Butte.  Approximately 15 volunteers will be needed to work with trail tools to redirect water and fill in deep eroded ruts in the old trail. 

Anyone interested in volunteering on this project should come prepared to do rigorous physical labor with work gloves, substantial footwear, water, sunscreen and snacks. 

Sign up on Volunteer Methow!

donationsAnnual Appeal Mailing Party
September 18th-21st, 9am – 11am or 1-3pm everyday 

We are looking for a hardy crew of folders, stuffers, sealers, and stampers to help us prepare our annual appeal mailing.  Choose a morning or afternoon shift any day the week of September 18th and join a crew of others at our office for some fun socializing, just a little bit of alphabetizing, and lots of difference-making on this big project!  Even if you can only give an hour, you’ll help a ton!

Sign up on Volunteer Methow!

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big thanksQuick Shout Outs!
Thank You to our Firefighting Community.  It simply cannot be said enough.  THANK YOU to each of the public and private fire-fighters, support personnel and their families who have applied their skills and passions toward caring for our homes, properties, businesses, infrastructure, forests and wildlife these past weeks. It is one thing to inspire people to care for the land of the Methow Valley, and it is another to toil day after day in steep terrain, breathing smoke, and working tirelessly to hold fire lines while waiting for air support to be able to fly. And, while we are grateful for the leadership of the three Incident Command Teams who have come to work in our community thus far, we are especially grateful for all of our local Methow Ranger District staff.  Special thanks to District Ranger Chris Furr, Fire Officer Matt Ellis, PIO Connie Mehmel and all the rest of our local team who don’t get to “cycle out” but who wake up each day and serve our forest and community tirelessly.  We SO appreciate your service to our public lands!Clean air


A shout-out to the Methow Valley Clean Air Project and to all of the Clean Air Ambassadors who have stepped up to fund or host an air monitor in your neighborhood.  With 20 active monitors and counting, we’re on the path to having an amazing real-time air quality network in our community!  The Methow Conservancy is proud to have sponsored a monitor at the Winthrop Library and encourage anyone interested in doing the same to get involved. Be sure to check out the real-time information here.

ktrtThank you to Don Ashford and our valley’s amazing radio station 97.5 KTRT for the many ways you’ve worked to help keep us informed and educated about these fires!  Thanks also to Anthony "Twig" Wheeler for sharing his StressLess series of wildfire stress management podcasts with the valley and world.

And, a quick public service announcement:  As we learned in 2014, the risk of catastrophic flooding after fire events is all too common of an occurrence.  If you own a residence in an area near a drainage below the Crescent Mountain or McLeod Fires, please take a moment to get educated and consider talking to your insurance agent about purchasing flood insurance BEFORE we see our first rain storm.  You can find more information here.

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Green TThe Return of the Aspen Grove Methow Conservancy T-Shirt
Back by popular demand!

We have recently re-printed the iconic Mary Sharman designed Aspen Grove MC T-Shirt!  We have a limited number of long sleeve shirts (green only) available in women’s sizes S, M, L and XL.  If you like a snug fit, order your usual size.  If you prefer a looser fit, go one size up.  

Stop by and get your shirt while they last (call us at 509-996-2870 or email us).  The cost is $25.00 plus shipping, if applicable.

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Larch_JPDid You Know:  Larches – A golden conifer
By Julie Grialou, Conservation Biologist

One of my favorite things to see in the fall is the larch turning colors.  As conifer trees that are deciduous (meaning they lose their needles each fall), larch are a real anomaly.  We have two species of larch in the Methow Watershed.  Western larch are most readily observed around Blewett Pass.  Subalpine larch, as the name suggests, grows at high elevations.  Larch are also known as tamarack, a name more often used for trees that grow in the eastern part of the U.S.

So, why do larch lose their needles?  Scientists have come up with a few reasons: (1) resistance to breaking branches: without needles in winter, the trees hold less snow and ice load, making the branches less likely to break; (2) fire-resistance: the trees can handle losing their needles in a fire, since they can grow an entire “set” of new needles the following year; (3) disease/insect resistance: the trees are more resistant to disease and insects, probably because they can readily respond to defoliation (by disease or insects) by growing a crop of new needles; and 4) energy-savings: this one is complicated and there are interesting energy dynamics and costs and benefits between the two different strategies of evergreen vs deciduous.  If this topic interests you, you can find quite a bit of information/theories on the web. And,if you take a great larch photo this fall, we’d love to see it.  Share it with us!

Photo by Jason Paulsen.

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Give MethowGive Methow is coming soon!  October 1st - 31st
Once again, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington will host the Give Methow crowdfunding campaign during the month of October.  Many of the Methow Valley’s nonprofit organizations (including the Methow Conservancy) will participate.  

Starting October 1st, visit www.givemethow.org to view the list of organizations and click the Donate button next to any you want to support.  You can donate to one or several nonprofits in one, easy transaction and 100% of your donation goes to the nonprofits you support.  It’s a great way to learn more about all the organizations that help make the Methow Valley so vibrant, healthy, and resilient.

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Heckendorn_JP3Support Stewardship and Once-in-a-Lifetime Land Protection Opportunities
Your support of our Annual Operating Fund is essential to ensuring we can inspire people to care for the land.  Later this month, we’ll be sending out our annual appeal letters for those of you who give in the fall.  Thank you! 

In addition to our Annual Operating Fund, you can also give to our Tina Scull Stewardship and Land Protection Opportunity Fund. This fund helps us complete land protection projects like our recent purchase of the Heckendorn property just outside of Winthrop and will ensure we have adequate funds to care for lands we protect. 

If you are interested in learning more about the many ways your financial support can help protect and care for more land, please contact our Associate Director Sarah Brooks at 509-996-2870 or email her. You can also give online - just be sure to type in Land and Stewardship Opportunity Fund in the comments section. Thank you! Photo by Jason Paulsen.

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Want to Do Even More for This Valley You Love? 
MLR JPWe are always interested in talking to people who love this Valley and who want to play a significant role in protecting it. If you are thinking about buying property in the Methow Valley and you’d like to play a role in protecting critical wildlife habitat, fertile agricultural soils, or scenic views, you just might be a conservation buyer. 

Conservation buyers can purchase properties already protected with a conservation easement and help us ensure they are well-cared for into the future. Or, after purchasing a property, they can choose to place a conservation easement on a property in order to protect high quality habitat, significant river frontage, connection to existing protected areas, or productive agricultural soils that are at risk of subdivision and degradation. It’s a great opportunity to join a wonderful community of conservation heroes!!

If you would like to learn more about conservation buyer opportunities or if you would like to add your name to our list of interested conservation buyers, please contact us at 509-996-2870 or email us.
Photo by Jason Paulsen.

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Our September Reading List:
booksOur email inboxes here at the Methow Conservancy are often full of articles we share with each other to help inform our work or inspire discussion.  We thought you might be interested in seeing what we’ve been reading. 

Editor’s note: These articles do not represent the beliefs or opinions of the Methow Conservancy or its staff. We offer them purely as a means of sparking discussion.

The New York Times Magazine: The Super Bowl of Bee Keeping  
Snapshot: Each February the power brokers of beekeeping meet for a potluck in Bakersfield California to kick off pollinating season and talk shop. The topic on everyone’s mind this year was what will be the damage caused by Colony Collapse Disorder (C.C.D.) and what implications that has for the future of their industry.

High Country News: A Bird’s Eye View of Wildfire
Snapshot: Wildfire is beneficial to species such as Mountain bluebirds, lodgepole pine, morrel mushrooms, camas lilies, beargrass, huckleberries, and the most fire dependent bird species the black-backed woodpecker. In this creative piece take a look at wildfire through the lens of a black-backed woodpecker named “BB”. 

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Public Trust Reboot: Unleashing the Millennial Civic Spirit
Snapshot: Millennials born between 1981 and 1996 will soon compromise the largest segment of the US electorate. Despite this fact millennials are often excluded from the civic discourse. The problem is how do we simultaneously engage a new generation and reinvigorate the trust of everyone in our civic institutions. This author believes the answer lies in better understanding the values of millennials to unlock their civic potential.

National Geographic: Beavers – Once Nearly Extinct-- Could Help Fight Climate Change
Snapshot: Author Ben Goldfarb has written a new book called “Eager”, which takes an inside look at how beavers are positively impacting the landscape not just for other wildlife, but for humans as well. He even highlights the work done here in the Valley by the Methow Beaver Project as some of the most ambitious beaver restoration in the country.

If you’ve got a good article to share with us, send it to us

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Yips, Barks, & Howls:  Quotes from Everyday Life in the Methow Conservancy Office
We thought a little comic relief could be warranted.  So, here are a few fun things we’ve heard around the office lately. 

“I didn’t even get to touch a sheep!!!” - Johnnie Duguay, Stewardship Technician
“I’ve learned to tune him out, that’s why I’ve been here so long.” - Sarah Brooks, Associate Director
“I gotta get out of this doorway.” - Jeanne White, Land Program Manager
“It’s all fine until my office falls into the river.” - Julie Grialou, Conservation Biologist
“Make the print bigger.” - Mary Morgan, Membership Assistant
“I get really sleepy when I come here.” - Alyssa Jumars, Agricultural Coordinator
“It’s time to reconcile.” - Joy Schwab, Bookkeeper
“I never steal blue pens.” - Heide Andersen, Stewardship Director
“I don’t want chocolate… I want silence!” - Daniel Senner, Conservation Fellow
“I’d really like to get this one in my rearview mirror.” - John Sunderland, Land Project Manager
“It’s amazing what a cinnamon roll can do.” - Jason Paulsen, Executive Director

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Methow Conservancy Events
September 15: Volunteer Work Party on Heckendorn Hillside, 9am –1 pm. Join us on the Heckendorn Hillside for some weeding, barbed wire fence removal, and wood cleanup. See above for more details.

September 18 -21:  Annual Appeal Mailing Party, 9am – 11am or 1pm – 3pm.  Be a volunteer superhero and help us prepare our once-a-year big mailing. See above for more details.

Hancock tour_mkSeptember 20:  Spring Chinook Welcome Walk, 10am – 12pm, free. Come celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of the return of the spring Chinook salmon with a walk along the Methow River. See above for more details. Call Daniel at 996-2870 or email him to register. Photo at left by Mary Kiesau.

September 27: Lewis Butte Trail Restoration3pm - 6pm.: We’ll be restoring a particularly steep and eroded section of a double track on Lewis Butte.  See above for more details.

September 30:  Annual Cider Squeeze,  2pm - 4pm.  It’s a sweet celebration of conservation.  We’ll use an historic press to make fresh apple cider juice and enjoy a classic Methow fall afternoon at the Sabold’s house in Winthrop. Free. See above for more details.

Tom Grey BirdOctober 2:  First Tuesday Program - “Migratory Birds in the Pacific Flyway: The Marvels and Perils”
7pm at the Winthrop Barn. The birds of the Pacific Flyway depend on a diverse chain of habitats, from Arctic tundra and northwestern rainforest to tropical beaches and mangroves. Each year at least a billion birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, with each individual facing a host of threats along the way. Learn the astonishing facts of these wondrous and perilous journeys with Stan Senner, Vice President of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. Stan brings his knowledge from a 40-year career as a bird conservationist and his experience as a coordinator for science and restoration programs after the Exxon Valdez oil spill and tracker of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or email us.
Photo at right by Tom Grey.

Oct 6-7: 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, and you might even achieve 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. There is currently a waitlist for this class.   

Dave Moskowitz WolverineNovember 6:  First Tuesday Program - “Wolverines of the North Cascades” 7pm at the Winthrop Barn. Come listen and learn about the efforts of this homegrown blend of mountaineers, photographers, and wildlife biologists to understand the ecology, life history, and distribution of the North Cascade’s most elusive alpine carnivore. The event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, contact 996-2870 or email us.
Photo at left by Dave Moskowitz.

Nov 11: The Wide World of Animal Skulls & Bones, indoor class with Marcus Reynerson, 9:00am-4:30pm, $65*, limited to 20 people.  All animals engage with the world through their sensory perception via the skull. Through studying the evolutionary history that is evident in the structures of skulls, we can get a rich glimpse into the lives of animals. What are its dominant senses? What is its primary diet? How is this animal adapted to live in particular environments? How do you identify an animal based on its skull? These are some of the questions we will work through with wildlife and skull expert Marcus Reynerson of the Wilderness Awareness School during this in-depth daylong workshop exploring the fascinating world of the skulls and bones of some of our local species.  The class is $65.  Space is limited and registration is required. Contact us at 996-2870 or email us to reserve your spot. 

Nov 13:  Methow Mixer in Seattle, with Lauren Danner presenting “Crown Jewel:  Creating North Cascades National Park”.  7 – 8:30pm, location being finalized!  North Cascades National Park is remote, rugged, spectacularly majestic, and 50 years old this year.  Writer and historian, Lauren Danner, chronicles how politics and the wilderness movement of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in the park's 1968 creation.  The story is a window into the modern environmental movement in the Pacific Northwest and a reminder that national parks are not only wild landscapes of national significance, but the result of political negotiation and compromise. Join us for this insightful look into our backyard and mix and mingle with others who love the Methow Valley!

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News from Other Organizations
cibSeptember 8th:  Help support Classroom in Bloom's garden education programming at their annual Fall Garden Party on September 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Click here for more information and to buy tickets. 

September 14th – 15th:  Join the USFS Chelan/Entiat Ranger District, HawkWatch International, and North Central Washington Audubon Society this fall for the 9th annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival. This free family event combines activities in Pateros, WA and migration trips to the Chelan Ridge migration site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories. See more details here.

Mary and Perri

From the Ground Up - Field Journaling for Everyone - New Fall Art Classes from Perri Howard & Mary Kiesau - Perri Howard, artist and educator, and Mary Kiesau, naturalist and educator, are teaming up again for a fall class series on landscape field journaling. Themed classes will meet every other Friday, 12:30pm-5:00pm, on Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 5 and Oct 19. Attend individual classes for $65 or the whole series for $240 (save $20!). Each class will begin with a nature walk, then move indoors to Perri's studio at TwispWorks. The indoor session will include fundamental drawing tips and lessons like creating depth and perspective, giving your shapes form and texture, drawing "landscapitos," and working with color. You can get more info and register online at mountainkindphotography.com or at vmgworks.com/classes.

Looking for a job with a Washington Land Trust? There are several great job postings from organizations in WA (and beyond) at the Washington Association of Land Trusts jobs page.

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*Our Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel or leave a fee-based course for any reason:
Full refunds will be given if the request is received two weeks or more before the day of the program (class, workshop, field trip, etc.).  If the cancellation is made less than two weeks before the start of the program, the Methow Conservancy will give a full refund only if we are able to fill your spot.  If you cancel 24 hours or less before the start time of the program or after the class has started there will be no refund of the program fee.  Although we rarely need to do so, we reserve the right to cancel a program.  In this case you will receive a full refund.

315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870