[9/27/16] Interested In Guiding On The Methow Valley Ranger District?

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Applications are being accepted for temporary outfitter and guide permits on the Methow Valley Ranger District. 

Each year, the Ranger District accepts a limited number of temporary outfitter and guide permit proposals.  Available permits include opportunities for guiding activities such as hiking, backpacking, and biking trips on National Forest Lands at specific locations in the western portion of Okanogan County. 

“The vast network of National Forests that surround many communities in the Pacific Northwest belongs to us all and contributes so much of what we need to support and enrich our lives,” said Mike Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger.  “Guides and outfitters play a key role in providing forest visitors with opportunities to experience our unique area.”

When individuals or organizations charge a fee to provide services on National Forest Lands, a permit is required.  An example of such service would be a guided camping trip on the forest.  The permit program encourages skilled and experienced individuals, organizations and companies to conduct outfitting and guiding activities in a manner that assures National Forest visitors receive services of high quality.  It also provides a mechanism for getting a fair value return for the use of National Forests in business ventures and ensures that the activities are conducted in such a way that the National Forests would continue to provide for us and future generations.

The six-month permits are for outfitted or guided use on National Forest land and costs are based on the number of service days to be provided.  Proposal packages are due October 31, 2016 for permits operating from April 1 through September 30, 2017.

Details about available permit locations and activities are online, along with forms and requirements for proposal packages.  www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/methowpermits

For more information about the Special Use Permit program on the Methow Valley Ranger District, please contact Meg Trebon, Special Uses Coordinator at 509-996-4032.