Maintenance starts April 20 in the Sage Hills for safety and weed control

by Kimberlee Craig | Apr 16, 2020

Foothills trails users are asked to be on the lookout starting April 20 for crews doing fire safety and weed control work on Chelan County PUD property and around power poles in the Sage Hills.  

The contract crews will be using off-road vehicles to reach worksites. Bikers and hikers are asked to give them ample room to work and to keep physical distance in response to COVID-19. 

On Monday, contractor PPI of Kelso will start work around power poles in the Sage Hills west of Wenatchee. Crew members will check the condition of poles, clear weeds and brush from around them and reapply fire-resistant coating. They will start from the trailhead off Day Drive and move north. The work to reduce the risk of wildfire damage will take about four days and is done every five years.

The following week, on April 27, Woodland Resource Services crews of Ellensburg will start annual weed control work on the PUD’s Home Water Wildlife Preserve for habitat management. They are expected to finish by May 1.

Chelan PUD owns about 960 acres in the heart of the Sage Hills and manages the area as a wildlife preserve as required by its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam. Managing weeds on the preserve is necessary to maintain quality wildlife habitat.

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Caption: Reapplying fire-resistant coating and clearing grass and brush away will start April 20 on power poles crossing the Sage Hills.

For more information about weed control on the PUD land contact Von Pope, Chelan PUD Wildlife Program manager, at (509) 661- 4625, or

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