There is only one Methow Valley in the world – and it is a complex and fascinating place. Look closely and you realize there is so much to explore and discover about this Valley.

We believe it is important to make it easy for you to learn about caring for this place and so we have gathered together some of the best resources we can for you here. Dig as deep and as far as you wish – and if you are curious about other topics, email us your questions.

Photo by Mary Kiesau

Fire Preparedness & Recovery, Burn Bans & More

Significant wildfires in the last five years are an all-too real reminder that fire is a part of this landscape. We’ve curated some of the best info we could find to help you think about how to prepare your property for fire or if you have questions about the Valley’s recovery from fire.

Click here to get updated information on Burn Bans, campfire restrictions, and chainsaw use.

Photo by Mary Kiesau


Like much of the mountain West, the Methow Valley is home to its share of botanical villains. There are a few especially noxious weeds that you’ll want to pay special attention to. Learn more about them in our on-line weed guide.


Good Neigbor Handbook - Being a Good Neighbor

When you first move to the Methow Valley you are bound to have a lot of questions, so we created the Good Neighbor Handbook to introduce you to some of the most important natural features of the Valley and to guide you in the building process. Our free 31 page handbook covers topics like: developing private land, site selection, roads & driveways, weeds & landscaping and living with snow.

You are welcome to stop by our office in downtown Winthrop and pick up a free copy or email us and we'll send you one in the mail. If you'd like to download the handbook it's available right here.

Pages 1-8
Pages 17-24
Pages 9-16Pages 25-32
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Caring for Shrub-Steppe Lands

This handbook is for anyone who lives on or cares for shrub-steppe lands – those semi-arid hillsides and plateaus dominated by perennial grasses and shrubs like bitterbrush or sage. It provides guidance on protecting and restoring shrub-steppe habitat on a small scale, strategies for weed control, and ways to rehabilitate the land after disturbances like new driveways, septic fields, and homesites. Pick up a free copy at our office in downtown Winthrop, or email us to mail one to you.

Download here in PDF Form:
Pages 1-7Pages 22-24
Pages 8-15Pages 25-29
Pages 16-18Pages 30-35
Pages 19-21Pages 36-39
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Photo by Heide Andersen

Methow Valley Land Stewardship Yellow Pages

We recognize that sometimes caring for the land means seeking expert advice or help. Our staff is always available to answer questions or point you in the direction of those more knowledgeable than us. We have pulled together an ever-changing Land Stewardship Yellow Pages, listing individuals, organizations, businesses, and other websites or books with expertise in different areas of land stewardship. While we can’t officially endorse anyone on the list, we can let you know who is out there to help.

Join us and choose a future for the Methow Valley that includes healthy wildlife habitat, thriving agriculture, and a connected community.

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