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Open house & information session for Twisp Forest Restoration Project

The USFS is partnering with local agencies and private landowners to promote forest health and fire resiliency in the Twisp River area. Jake Hardt of the Washington DNR says he doesn't know how close the scope of this project will extend toward Pine Forest, but he encourages the public and landowners to show up with questions—the more, the better.

Twisp Forest Restoration Project flyer


August 2019 Board Meeting

Meeting Minutes


New entrance sign gets raised

Almost 40 adults and kids gathered on Saturday, Aug. 31, to raise a new sign at the entrance to Pine Forest. The new sign was designed and constructed by Brendan Connolly, an architect and co-owner of 22 Whitebark. It replaced our old sign that, while popular due to its being a home to white-headed woodpeckers, was starting to rot and had collapsed last winter when a driver collided with it to avoid hitting a deer.

The new sign was raised manually and in stages by the Pine Forest volunteers, which included Rob, a friend of David & Nancy Waite visiting from England, over the course of two hours.

The sign’s design includes three logs, harvested from our Firewise timber-thinning project, that pay tribute to the three firefighters who died in the 2015 Twisp River Fire, which came very close to the southern boundary of Pine Forest.

Thanks to all who came out to help, including:

Brendan, Jody, Ryan and Aran Connolly
Catie and Scott Barber
Kim Leatham and Robert Steiner
Bryan Jaffee
Heather Dean and Steve Meyers
Brad Sawtell
Deb Dahrling
Rose O'Donnell
David Waite and his out-of town guest, Rob from England!
Russ, Jasmine and Heidi Devlieg 
Emily, Charles, Sophia, Chelsea and Jake Butler
Helm Theimer
Adam Fulton
Tara MacDonald and Jeff Bryce
Jordan, Rebecca and Zack Barrows

Brendon documented the design-and-building process. Take a look

Sign concept by Brendan Connolly.
Sign concept by Brendan Connolly.

Raising the first log. From left: Jody Connolly, David Waite, Charles Butler, Jeff Speert, Rob from England, Jake Butler, Brendan Connolly and Robert Steiner.
Raising the first pole. From left: Jody Connolly, David Waite, Charles Butler, Jeff Speert, Rob from England, Jake Butler, Brendan Connolly and Robert Steiner.

Anchoring the first log. From left: Rob from England, Steve Myers, Brendan Connolly (kneeling), Jody Connolly, Bryan Jaffe, David Waite, Aran Connolly and Charles Butler.
Anchoring the first pole. From left: Rob from England, Steve Meyers, Brendan Connolly (kneeling), Jody Connolly, Bryan Jaffe, David Waite, Aran Connolly and Charles Butler.

Steve Myers hammers in the first bolt to anchor the log to its bracket.
Steve Meyers hammers in the first bolt to anchor the pole to its bracket.

Cookies!!! From left: Elizabeth Speert, Chelsea Butler, Henry Speert and Ryan Connolly.
Cookies!!! From left: Elizabeth Speert, Chelsea Butler, Henry Speert and Ryan Connolly.

Is it straight? Bryan Jaffe reads the level while Rob from England and Adam Fulton steady the log and Brendan Connolly watches from below.
Is it straight? Bryan Jaffe reads the level while Rob from England and Adam Fulton steady the pole and Brendan Connolly watches from below.

Talk about grunt work! Carrying the second log to the platform for placement are, from left: Adam Fulton, Jasmine Devlieg, Russ Devlieg, Kim Leatham, Charles Butler, Catie Barber, David Waite, Rob from England, Heather Dean, Steve Myers, Bryan Jaffe.
Talk about grunt work! Carrying the second pole to the platform for placement are, from left: Adam Fulton, Jasmine Devlieg, Russ Devlieg, Kim Leatham, Charles Butler, Catie Barber, David Waite, Rob from England, Heather Dean, Steve Meyers, Bryan Jaffe.

Russ Devlieg, left, and Brendan Connolly guide the log onto its bracket. They got lifting help from (L to R) Rob from England, David Waite, Charles Butler, Robert Steiner,  Bryan Jaffe and Adam Fulton.
Russ Devlieg, left, and Brendan Connolly guide the second pole onto its bracket. They get lifting help from (L to R) Rob from England, David Waite, Charles Butler, Robert Steiner, Bryan Jaffe and Adam Fulton.


"Everybody lift!" Brendan Connolly guides the pole into position with help from (L to R) Rob from England, Russ Devlieg, Helm Theimer, Scott Barber, Adam Fulton, Bryan Jaffe, Jody Connolly, Steve Meyers.

Helm Theimer, left, and Rob from England steady a log as it's bolted into place. Jasmine Devlieg watches.
Helm Theimer, left, and Rob from England steady the second pole as it's bolted into place. Jasmine Devlieg watches.

 Our new sign!
Our new sign!

Jeff Speert creates a temporary brace for the new sign to help in its installation. Bryan Jaffe, left, is ready to help.
Jeff Speert creates a temporary brace for the new sign to help in its installation. Bryan Jaffe, left, is ready to help.

Lots of hands are needed to hold the new sign in position while it's bolted to a log.
Lots of hands are needed to hold the new sign in position while it's bolted to a pole.


From left, Jeff Bryce, Rob from England and David Waite steady the sign while it's secured to the log.
From left, Jeff Bryce, Rob from England and David Waite steady the sign while it's secured to the pole.


Jeff Speert, on ladder, clamps the frame that's bracketing the sign to the pole to help keep the sign in position for bolting.
Jeff Speert, on ladder, clamps the frame that's bracketing the sign to the pole to help keep the sign in position for bolting.

Robert Steiner provides a counterweight to the sign as it's secured to the pole. Watching are Aran Connolly, left, and his dad, Brendan Connolly.
Robert Steiner provides a counterweight to the sign as it's secured to the pole. Watching are Aran Connolly, left, and his dad, Brendan Connolly.

Jody Connolly, left, watches as Brendan Connolly bolts the sign to the pole.
Jody Connolly, left, watches as Brendan Connolly bolts the sign to the pole. In background is Brad Sawtell.

Brad Sawtell bolts the sign into place.
Brad Sawtell bolts the sign into place.

Teamwork! More than a dozen people helped raise the last pole into position.
Teamwork! More than a dozen people helped raise the last pole into position.

Adam Fulton makes sure the final pole is nice and straight.
Adam Fulton makes sure the final pole is nice and straight.

Adam Fulton checks one more time to make sure the sign is level while Brendan Connolly bolts it to the third pole.
Adam Fulton checks one more time to make sure the sign is level while Brendan Connolly bolts it to the third pole.

Some, but not all, of the volunteers who helped raise the sign, from left: Brad Sawtell, Adam Fulton, Helm Theimer, Deb Dahrling, Rob from England, Charles Butler, Jordan Barrows, David Waite, Heather Dean, Steve Myers, Nina Marchese, Russ Devlieg, Jasmine Devlieg, Kim Leatham, Emily Butler, Jeff Speert (behind Emily), Jody Connolly, Brendan Connolly, Rose O'Donnell, Tara MacDonald, Jeff Bryce and Libby the dog.
Some, but not all, of the volunteers who helped raise the sign, from left: Brad Sawtell, Adam Fulton, Helm Theimer, Deb Dahrling, Rob from England, Charles Butler, Jordan Barrows, David Waite, Heather Dean, Steve Meyers, Nina Marchese, Russ Devlieg, Jasmine Devlieg, Kim Leatham, Emily Butler, Jeff Speert (behind Emily), Jody Connolly, Brendan Connolly, Rose O'Donnell, Tara MacDonald, Jeff Bryce and Libby the dog.

 

August 2019 Board Meeting

Date: Aug. 24, 2019

Time: 3-5 pm

Location: Fox Residence at 15 Rocky Top, Pine Forest (off Sugar Pine/Umbrella Pine)

All members are encouraged to attend. Members will have 10 minutes at the beginning to address the board.

As time allows, board discussions will include:

• Budget update
• Forest thinning update
• Water Issues:
‧ Tank cleaning update and recommendations for updates
‧ Water infrastructure data requirements prior to any federal loan/grant process
‧ Backflow survey status
• Clarification of fee policies
• Governance Committee report
• Foot races through PF--board policy
• Internet Service research status

RCW 64.38.035 requires that the board notify all PFOA members of each board meeting no less that 14 days and no more than 60 days in advance of the meeting.


Pine Cone Review (August 2019)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Greetings Pine Forest Owners!

We hope this note finds you well and enjoying summer, wherever in this world you may be! The Arrowleaf Balsamroot (in photo) is now dried and sunk back into its roots, growing energy for next year’s spring. As the green of spring and early summer dries out, fingers crossed, we’ve been lucky to have no major (uncontrolled) fire outbreaks in The Valley to date.

Read more


June 2019 Board Meeting

Meeting Minutes


Pine Cone Review (May 2019)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Hello! I had hoped to offer only upbeat news about the positive outcome of the owner's meeting but I now have some other news to report that will cause a bit of a snarl in this spring's forest thinning operations. First the news on the forest project front.

Forest Thinning Project Update: Last night the Zosel mill burned down, or was at least extensively damaged. As you may recall that is the primary and most cost effective outlet for purchasing logs from our thinning operation.

Read more


April 2019 Board Meeting

Meeting Minutes


February 2019 Board Meeting

Meeting Minutes


Pine Cone Review (March 2019)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Greetings Pine Forest Owners!

It’s been a beautiful March for snow, sun and great skiing. I’m sure those of you who have been “living winter” may be a bit tired of the white stuff but I’ve been grateful for the good conditions during my March stay at the cabin. Given the depth of the snowpack it looks as though we are headed into a wet and muddy spring.

In this communication I’ll review some of the latest happenings in Pine Forest as well as offer a summary of the February 16, 2019 Special Meeting and Board meeting.

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Firewise program renewed 

The National Fire Protection Association acknowledged on Jan. 23, 2019, that Pine Forest successfully completed the Firewise USA program's annual renewal requirements for 2018 and is a participating site in good standing throughout 2019. 

Firewise USA certificate 2018

Firewise USA renewal letter 2018


Court case settled

From Board President Anne Fox:

Representatives of the Pine Forest Board—Anne Fox, Heather Dean, and Robin Jeffers—attended Small Claims Court, Okanogan County, on January 2, 2019, to respond to a suit filed by Chris Hopkins, owner of Lot 48. Following presentations by both Heather on behalf of the Pine Forest Owners Association (PFOA) and Chris, the judge asked for time to review the materials submitted.

PFOA received the court’s decision on this matter on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The court ruled in favor of the defendant, PFOA, and denied the claim of the plaintiff, Chris Hopkins.

For more info, the following documents are available:

Hopkins Claim

Hopkins Case 26564SC Findings

Hopkins Case26564SC Judgment


Pine Cone Review (August 2018)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Dear Pine Forest Owners,

Holiday Greetings from your PFHOA board members! We hope this season is merry and bright for your family and friends. The snow continues to fall, building a good base for Methow Trails to set track. Let’s hope the snowflakes keep piling up to make for a great ski season.

As advertised, so to speak, we had a board meeting on December 1.

Read more


December 2018 Board Meeting

Meeting Minutes

Committee Reports


September 2018 Board Meeting

Meeting Minutes

Committee Reports


Water System Report (July 2018)

The latest Water System Consumer Confidence Report is now available. 

Read it here


Pine Cone Review (August 2018)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Dear Pine Forest Owners,

It’s hot and smoky in Pine Forest and our thoughts are with the folks affected by and the fire crews working the Twisp River fires. We are lucky to have such an organized and committed group of men and women working for all of us to prevent the loss of life, and if possible, structures. As Heather has commented in her excellent updates, we’ve had fire personnel in Pine Forest surveying roads, driveways and the layout of the community. We have water trucks on site and, as of yesterday, two Sani cans at the entrance. If you happen upon any of the fire crew please give them thanks for all they are doing for us. And to everyone, please be safe!!

This email includes a number of important updates. Should you have questions or comments please contact any of the board members. And, note the third item: The Board meeting scheduled for Saturday August 11 is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.

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Manager job opening

As most of you already know, Brad Sawtell has resigned as Pine Forest manager. Applications are now being accepted for this position.

Job description 


Annual Homeowners Association meeting May 26

Our annual homeowners association meeting will be Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2 p.m. at Sun Mountain Lodge. 

Meeting documents (includes agenda, by-law amendment proposal, budget proposal, board candidate statements, etc.)

Manager Report


Pine Cone Review (April 2018)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Greetings Pine Forest Owners!

We’ve had a busy start to spring in Pine Forest with the forest health project beginning in April.  If you’ve been at your PF home or visited PF recently hopefully you’ve had a chance to see all the activity.

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Pine Cone Review (January 2018)

From Board President Anne Fox:

Greetings Pine Forest Owners and Happy New Year!

I’m sitting at my desk in our cabin on Rocky Top, looking out onto the dense clouds and falling snowflakes. The last week in The Methow has definitely had its moments, stretching into days of low clouds and generally gloomy weather. Snow has been falling though, temperatures (almost too) moderate and the skiing good.

This note provides a summary of the January 14, 2018, Board meeting and news in general for Pine Forest (PF). If you would like to read the meeting minutes, they are now posted in the Governance section of the website. Latest meeting minutes

New Owners:
Please welcome new owners Jordan Barrows and Rebecca Gerhart! They recently purchased the home previously owned by Vicki and Larry Anderson on Whitebark.

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Timber Thinning Project Begins (October 2017)

And we’re off! Saul & crew (Tom, Shel, Mark and Alby) are thinning away along Longleaf. The plan is to try to get logs heading to Darrington by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

As noted in Saturday’s (10/28) email communication, Longleaf will be closed during the day, while they’re dropping trees, but will reopen in the evening. Please use Summer Road as an alternative during that time and, for safety’s sake, please stay well clear of the active work area.

Thanks for the prompt return of releases and payments for the project. Thanks to you all, we are moving another step closer to a healthier forest and lower fire risk.
– Heather Dean


Living with Bears (June 2017)
http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html 


State Policy and Controlled Burns (October 2015)
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/fighting-fire-with-fire-state-policy-hampers-use-of-controlled-burns/


Pine Forest Water Confidence Consumer Report (September 2015)

Hello Pine Forest Neighbors!

I am happy to report the following status of the water within our subdivision.
Every month our potable water is tested for coliform. We have had no “exceedences.”
this year, which means our water samples have passed.

We also had no exceedences for our nitrate, herbicide and pesticide samples.

Please let me know if you wish to see specific water quality reports.

Thank you,
Brad Sawtell
Pine Forest Water Manager


Firewise Tree Thinning Project (May 2015)

After much discussion, the Board has initiated the first steps in our forest stewardship program. Last summer’s wildfire is motivating us to attempt to make Pine Forest safer using FireWise as a guiding principle. Much of our fire danger is from trees larger than 6” in diameter and a professional forester has been hired to fulfill our goal to create a safer forest. Recently, PFOA hired Bill Berrigan of Berrigan Forestry to lead our forest health and fuels mitigation effort. Bill worked for the DNR for over 30 years, retired, and has since come out of retirement to consult on projects like ours. Bill has an outstanding reputation in the industry and is considered to be one of the best private foresters in the Pacific Northwest. He and his crew have begun flagging trees that meet certain criteria including diseased, beetle and worm infested, or clustering too close together. Trees growing too close to homes are also being flagged.

After trees throughout Pine Forest are flagged, there will be an evaluation period during which time homeowners may remove flags on trees they do not want to lose. This evaluation period will end September 1st. After that the flagged trees will be cut and sold as merchantable timber. We intend that the proceeds of the sale will go into the PFOA general fund to help defray costs of this project and hopefully help build our reserves. An individual homeowner cannot be approved by the DNR for a timber sale, but as a group the PFOA does qualify.

Saul Labanauskas of Brothers Fire LLC has been hired to perform the thinning activities. He is working hard to thin our green belts and numerous lots that were accepted by the DNR 50/50 grant program. This program only includes trees less than 6” in diameter.

We apologize to the homeowners for not communicating with you about this program until now. We intend to have a full discussion about the merits of our efforts at the annual meeting. We began flagging trees before the meeting for you to get a sense of the potential changes within Pine Forest. Ideally we should have obtained permission from every homeowner prior to beginning the flagging but we did not. Our sense of urgency to move forward so that everyone could take time to evaluate the effects of the tree flagging was an error in judgement. For that, we are sorry.

Reminder: The PFOA Annual Meeting will be held at Sun Mountain Lodge at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 23rd. We are privileged to have Fire Chief Don Waller and FireWise spokesperson Kirsten Cook make timely presentations. Hope to see you there!

Kim Walter, President PFOA on behalf of the Board May 17, 2015


Garbage Do's & Don'ts

Our garbage bill has fluctuated quite a bit each month due to cost overages. The overages come from two sources. First, the larger items like construction waste and furniture take up more room which leads us to use the second dumpster at an additional cost. Second, Waste Management requires extra time to pick through our dumpster at the transfer station to pull out construction waste, paint/stain cans, tires, furniture, TV’s, computers, VCRs, printers and cardboard. . Electronics, tires and hazardous chemicals need to be picked out by hand at the transfer station and disposed of properly. When the garbage man picks up these items from Pine Forest he has to quarantine the truck and empty it by hand at the transfer station, creating an additional cost to PF owners.

The additional cost ends up being shared by all homeowners because it is difficult to track down the offenders.

Do’s: Normal household waste, including glass and kitchen waste.
Don’ts: Construction waste, paint/stain cans, tires, furniture, TV’s, computers, VCR’s printers and cardboard. Please bring these items to the transfer station located next to the recycling center in Twisp.

Please dispose of the above "DON'T" items on your own.

Thank you for keeping hazardous waste and recycles out of the Okanogan landfill and the Pine Forest dumpsters!!!!!!

Twisp transfer station
Hours: Tue-Fri 10-4, Sat 9-4
Solid Waste Recycling Vicinity Twisp Map.pdf

Hazardous Waste
Solid Waste_Recycling - Twisp Household.pdf

Recycling Center
Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Methow Recycles http://www.methowrecycles.org/