On Washington’s Lake Wenatchee, a 3,714-acre parcel of forested mountainside known as Nason Ridge rises above the lakeshore, surrounded almost entirely by the Okanogan National Forest. It is crisscrossed by a network of hiking, mountain-biking and cross-country skiing trails enjoyed by people from all over, and which link to an equally robust trail system in the neighboring Lake Wenatchee State Park.
In a rare opportunity in north-central Washington, WRC is tackling the needs of conservation, community and local industry by working to acquire a property to benefit all three.
Lake Wenatchee is an alpine jewel in the North Cascades and the source of the Wenatchee River, a crucially important stream for imperiled salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other cold-water fish. Immediately downstream of the lake, a stream called Nason Creek flows into the Wenatchee, injecting the river with life-giving cold water and providing habitat for multiple species of imperiled fish.
As stunning fall colors washed over Central Washington’s salmon country, Western Rivers Conservancy protected a major source of clear water for the Wenatchee River: Nason Creek.
With superb habitat for spring Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout, Nason Creek has been the focus of several restoration efforts to improve the health of the greater Wenatchee system.
WRC recently purchased 648 acres near Leavenworth and conveyed the land to be part of the...