Conflagration & Transformation

Thursday, March 19
7 pm
Merc Playhouse in Twisp

A short film by Fred Wertz will be shown starting at 6:40pm. Fred captured incredible aerial footage from the Carlton Complex Fire.

Meet Your Presenters!
Bill Moody
Bill Moody is an internationally recognized expert in wildland firefighting and serves as Air Attack Supervisor for wildland fire operations. In 2014, Bill was an air attack on the Carlton Complex, Rising Eagle, and Little Bridge Creek fires. Bill’s experience includes firefighting consultation in the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Israel and Mexico. Bill is a Life Member of the National Smokejumper Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center.

 

Leslie Michel
Leslie Michel is a Soil Scientist for the Okanogan Conservation District where she has worked since 2012. Leslie has a BS in Soil Resources Management from Oregon State University. Leslie was co-leader for the Interagency-Burned Area Emergency Response team for the Carlton Complex. She helped coordinate the 25 team members from 17 agencies as well as participated on the team as a Soil Scientist. Leslie is very passionate about soils education and increasing awareness of the incredible ability and resiliency of the soil. She works with farmers throughout North Central Washington to help improve soil health through the use of cover crops in dryland wheat-fallow systems.
 
Katherine Rowden
Katherine Rowden is the Service Hydrologist for the National Weather Service’s Forecast Office in Spokane, where she is responsible for managing the flood warning and water resources program for North Central and Eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle. Katherine worked on the Carlton Complex Erosion Threat and Assessment Team in 2014. Katherine serves as the liaison between local and federal partners and the National Weather Service Northwest River Forecast Center in Portland which provides short- and long-term river forecasts for the entire Columbia River Basin. She became professionally and personally interested in the interaction of fires and floods after the 2010 Swakane Fire and subsequent flash flood in Chelan County.

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Hours of Operation

Early Spring and Fall hours
Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 pm

Summer hours
Friday noon – 5 pm
Saturday 10am – 5 pm
Sunday noon – 5 pm

*The Interpretive Center is closed from November to March except by appointment

Events

Regrowth after Fires
Conflagration & Transformation
Thursday, March 19 @ 7pm
Merc Playhouse in Twisp

Join Wildland Fire Specialist Bill Moody, Okanogan Conservation District’s Leslie Michel, and special guest Katherine Rowden of National Weather Service as they talk about how the weather came into play in precipitating the largest firestorm in Washington State history and what resultant transformations we expect in our surroundings.

Learn more about this insightful evening as well its presenters here.

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Upcoming “Last Sunday” Events

CLOSED DEC & JANUARY / FEBRUARY: Footprints in the Snow / MARCH: Bird Migrations / APRIL-JUNE: “Wolves of Washington”

“Last Sunday”  Programs from 5-7 pm: admission by donation

Open weekends: Fall/Winter hours 12:00 – 4:00pm

Summer hours, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5

Phone: 509 997-0620   Email:  mvic@methownet.com

 

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New Pictures

New Photoes of the progress at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center:

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Last Sunday Series Upcoming

Upcoming “Last Sunday” events are: OCTOBER 29  “The Grizzly” / NOVEMBER 25  “Exploring the Ice Age Floods” / CLOSED DEC & JANUARY / FEBRUARY: Footprints in the Snow / MARCH: Bird Migrations / APRIL-JUNE: “Wolves of Washington”

“Last Sunday”  Programs from 5-7 pm: admission by donation

Open weekends: Fall/winter hours 12:00 – 4:00pm

Summer hours, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5

509 997-0620   EMAIL  mvic@methownet.com

2012 Powwow pictures: (click to enlarge)

 

 

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Grand Opening Summary

SEE A REPORT ON THE POWWOW AT http://www.methownet.com/grist/features/powwow.html

We are so thankful to those that attended our Grand Opening the weekend of June 9 & 10.  The most accurate observation was a quote from board member Paula Mackrow, “If it were any better, we couldn’t have handled it!”

About 200 attended on the weekend with most saying they found out about it from friends and family or the newspaper.  Several said they didn’t expect it to be so great.  We had people fill out surveys that showed all displays were a success with the most “wows” for the “Seasons of the People” (Methow Native) and “Collisions and Ice” (Geology).  Since these are two of our permanent displays, it was gratifying to hear. Nearly all attendees noted that they would visit again. 

Two third grade classes from the Methow Valley Elementary School are coming  to tour the Interpretive Center.  We have made a questionnaire for them to “unlock” mysteries as they wander around the center.

(Click pictures to enlarge)

If you have observations, suggestions or comments regarding your experience at the grand opening, please make your comments known by putting them on the “leave a comment” link at the bottom of this post.

Thanks again to all who attended, contributed, volunteered and encourage the success of this event.

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Our Mission

“Our mission is to create, fund and operate an interpretive center that recognizes the pre-European native inhabitants and portrays the geology and natural history of the Methow Valley” 

Lucy Timentwa and CB Susan Timentwa

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