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"Working Together for a Healthy Chewuch" - Public Meeting

May 06, 2011

Individuals interested in joining a discussion about current
restoration efforts, recreation opportunities and future focus in the Chewuch River drainage are encouraged to participate in an upcoming public meeting. The workshop, scheduled for May 19, 6:00 pm at the Winthrop Barn,
is titled "Working Together for a Healthy Chewuch".

The agenda includes presentations by many of the groups and
individuals who care for the watershed and are working to restore and maintain the Chewuch watershed, north of Winthrop Washington, to its full potential. Speaker topics will include current forest and salmon restoration work; water conservation project highlights; transportation
needs and diverse recreational opportunities.

The Methow Valley Ranger District will also share information from a recently completed road system analysis for the Chewuch River drainage. They will discuss how the information will help in the development of a proposal that will lead toward a safe, reliable and affordable road system
in the Chewuch watershed on National Forest lands.

With its headwaters located in the Pasayten Wilderness, the Chewuch River and surrounding forest lands north of Winthrop provide important habitat to a number of species,
including Chinook salmon, mule deer and Canada lynx. The Chewuch watershed is also a popular destination for recreational uses ranging from snowmobiling and nordic skiing in the winter to camping, biking, and hiking
in the summer.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and other salmon
recovery agencies have recognized the river drainage as a priority watershed for restoration due to its natural resource values and impacted condition of the watershed.

The May 19th event will bring together those who live, work and play in the Chewuch watershed. The Methow Valley community is encouraged to attend to hear what is going on in the watershed and get involved in its future.

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