Most Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Offices Closed June 19

Wenatchee– Most U.S. Forest Service offices on the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. will be closed on Tuesday, June 19, when many employees who work on the 4-million-acre national forest will be at a meeting.  Offices that will be closed include ranger stations in Naches, Cle Elum, Leavenworth, EntiatChelan, Winthrop, Tonasket and the Omak Visitor Center.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. headquarters at 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee will be open, and the other government agencies with offices in the building will be also hold regular office hours that day.

The meeting is intended as a rare opportunity for Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. employees to assemble and discuss issues relevant to the agency and the national forest. More than 200 Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. employees are expected to attend the meeting at a Chelan County Fairgrounds facility. The last time employees held a similar meeting was in 2013.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. is the largest national forest in the Pacific Northwest, stretching 180 miles from the Canadian border south to the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. It has the largest trail system in the national forest system and more than 8,000 miles of roads.

Its employees work at Forest Service facilities spread across Central Washington including the Fort Simcoe and Columbia Basin Job Corps Centers, Moses Lake Air Tanker Base, North Cascades Smokejumper Base, Wenatchee Valley Rappeller Base, Central Washington Interagency Communications Center and seven ranger stations.