In the News
Tips to Co-exist with Bears This Spring
From the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, April 2020:
"Now that spring is upon us, please take a moment to survey the outside of your home and remove potential food sources to avoid attracting bears, which can smell food from over a mile away."
Read the full article here.
Pine Forest comments on Twisp Forest Restoration Project, December 2019
Water tank-cleaning reports, Summer 2019
The following are reports about the tank cleaning that occurred in the summer of 2019. The communications should have been addressed to Doug Hale, not Brad Sawtell. The reports are for:
Further work will be conducted in the summer of 2020 for cleaning of the newer mid-station tank, along with a follow-up cleaning of the older mid-station tank. A full report from Doug Hale is available in the reports section of the minutes for August 2019 board meeting.
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.
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
Heather Dean and Steve Meyers
David Waite and his out-of town guest, Rob from England!
Russ, Jasmine and Heidi Devlieg
Emily, Charles, Sophia, Chelsea and Jake Butler
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.
Raising the first pole. From left: Jody Connolly, David Waite, Charles Butler, Jeff Speert, Rob from England, Jake Butler, Brendan Connolly and Robert Steiner.
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.
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 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 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 the second pole as it's bolted into place. Jasmine Devlieg watches.
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.
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 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.
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. In background is Brad Sawtell.
Brad Sawtell bolts the sign into place.
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 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 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.
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.
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:
Water System Report (July 2018)
The latest Water System Consumer Confidence Report is now available.
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.
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.)
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)
State Policy and Controlled Burns (October 2015)
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.
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
Solid Waste_Recycling - Twisp Household.pdf