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Monday, October 29, 2012

Heybrook Ridge effort continues

Check out the Friends of Heybrook Ridge's website and blog in one!

NCCC continues to support FOHR's ongoing efforts to bring a trail system to the ridge they saved just outside the town of Index, WA -- and we're grateful for their efforts every time we drive Hwy 2 and don't have to stare and a vast fresh clearcut there!

Friends of Heybrook Ridge

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friends of Bumping Lake is organizing

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology are promoting construction of two new dams in the Yakima Basin, including a dam that would drown and destroy more than 1,000 acres of ancient forest at Bumping Lake. With an estimated cost of up to $5 billion, the Yakima Plan is the largest project in the State of Washington since WPPSS!! And likely to be just as ill-fated!

We support the newly-formed Friends of Bumping Lake and invite you to join in our joint efforts to protect this irreplaceable resource.

Friends of Bumping Lake

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Work Party a big success

Now that the forecast finally says we have rain coming, we can all relax a bit -- those native plants we put in the dry, dusty soil up at the Diablo Lake overlook will survive!

A group of NCCC members met-up there last Saturday for a great work party, re-vegetating the grounds at the Diablo Lake overlook with help from the North Cascades National Park horitcultural staff.   


 Diablo Lake from the overlook

 NCCC crew getting its orientation from NPS officials

 Planting underway...

 We were planting drought-resistant native species

 A pep-talk by NPS staff after lunch

Nearby, some of the first vine maples had started turning fiery red!

 Some of us stayed the night at NCI's ELC on Diablo Lake
(see: and look for info about "Basecamp").
We held our board meeting there the next morning and
enjoyed the setting and hospitality immensely!