Upcoming Meetings & Events:
June 14, 2012 7-9 pm at Barn Beach Reserve: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is hosting two fantastic speakers, Dr. Paul Hessburg and John Marshall to talk about the 1994 fires. More information can be found here.
Welcome to the NEW Director - Kim Levesque
The CWSC is delighted to announce the hiring of Kim Levesque as its new Executive Director. Kim comes to the CWSC with 25 years of experience in fisheries, watershed restoration and natural resource management.
Most recently, Kim has served as a Fish Habitat Biologist with Yakama Nation Fisheries. Prior to that, Kim''s experience includes 10 years as the District Manager for the Snohomish Conservation District. Her skills include grant writing and administration, private landowner outreach (including cost-share programs), and natural resource collaboration.
As a bonus, Kim is a Chumstick resident with a passion for watershed health and fire resilience. Welcome Kim!
Chumstick Environmental Assessment
The Chumstick Hazardous Fuels Reduction Environmental Assessment was published March 7, 2011. An electronic copy of the document can be viewed here.
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Welcome to the Chumstick!
Who We Are
The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition continues the strong work of individuals and organizations pursuing conservation, fuels reduction, and Community Wildfire Protection Plans in the Leavenworth area. Led by current elected Coalition Chair, Richard Jones, participants include local landowners and residents, local fire district members, industry representatives, County Commissioners, as well as representatives from the United States Forest Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Northwest, and more. The Coalition is fiscally sponsored by the North Central Washington Resource Conservation & Development Council and Kim Levesque serves as the Director. We are grateful to be operating under funding from the National F0orest Foundation, the Icicle Fund, the Mountaineers Foundation, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, and donations from participating organizations, local individuals, businesses and charitable organizations. Read on below to discover what we do...
What We Do
Fire Resilience and Forest Restoration Through Collaboration: Acknowledging that wildfire and forest health issues go beyond individual landownership boundaries, the Coalition is looking to engage all those interested in fuels reduction work in the Chumstick watershed. Click here for a map of the Coaltion project area. We work closely with public entities, such as the Wenatchee River Ranger District, to ensure that complementary fuels reduction work occurs on private and public lands in the area. Further information about our mission can be found on our "About Us" page.
The program of work for the Coalition includes the following:
On-the-ground forest restoration projects on private land in the Chumstick area through grant-based services offered by the Coalition. The Private Lands Cost-Share Program (PLCS) is intended to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and resources in the valley and will emphasize (but not require) community protection and forest restoration projects where private properties adjoin National Forest lands. If you own private land in the Chumstick area (including all side canyons - Eagle Creek, Spromberg, Merry, Clark, Little Chumstick, etc.) and are interested in technical and/or financial support to do forest restoration through fuels reduction on your land, please submit this application. Applications are still being accepted and will be accepted until posted otherwise! If you are interested, it is not too late.
Implementation and monitoring of on-the-ground forest restoration on US Forest Service lands in the Chumstick area. Click here to view Healthy Forest Restoration Act project proposed on the Wenatchee River Ranger District website.
Continuation of educational and informational outreach targeted to residents and landowners in the Chumstick watershed and others. The focus is on fire ecology, safety, and available resources.
Educational forums to further the dialogue on the issues related to fire management in the Chumstick watershed.
How You Can Get Involved
If you are interested in participating in the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, please feel free to attend our monthly meeting. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Red Barn at Barn Beach Reserve at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Kim Levesque.