WDFW partners with North Central Washington towns to promote recreation in wake of Carlton Complex wildfire

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working with towns of Brewster, Bridgeport and Pateros to promote tourism in the wake of last summer’s Carlton Complex wildfire. The effort is funded by a $150,000 grant from Gov. Jay Inslee’s strategic reserve account and is being coordinated by the Economic Alliance of Okanogan County, according to a statement released recently by the WDFW.

"Outdoor recreation is a vital part of the north central Washington economy," Jim Brown, WDFW's regional director, said in a prepared statement. "We are very pleased to support these communities' efforts to bring tourists back to the area."

A WDFW statement says it plans use press releases, social media posts, other online content and an advertising campaign called “Open for Adventure.”

"Promoting outdoor recreation is an important part of WDFW's mission,” Brown said in the statement, “so focusing on opportunities in north central Washington made especially good sense in the wake of this summer's wildfires.”

Two upcoming events in the area:

Celebrate Steelhead, Nov. 14, Pateros Central Building. Free seminars from local fishing gurus on how best to land steelhead on the Methow, Okanogan and Columbia rivers. The event includes a dinner at 6 p.m.

Mule Deer Foundation benefit dinner, Nov. 22, 5 p.m. at The Barn in Winthrop. This event raises money for habitat restoration and other impacts on large mule deer herds following the Carlton Complex fire.