History of the Horan All-natural Location
The Horan All-natural Location occupies about 100 acres at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. Most of the land is owned by the Chelan PUD. Management of the location is shared with Washington State Parks. The HNA has a 1-mile extended dirt trail technique that is open to pedestrian targeted traffic only. The trail is accessible from each the Confluence State Park location to the north and the Walla Walla Point Park location to the south.
The Horan All-natural Location (HNA) is a birding hotspot in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird database and is a quit on the Good Washington State Birding Trail. The bird checklist for the Confluence State Park/Horan location consists of 250 species. The location is made use of by a moderate quantity of individuals.
Historically, the Horan location was household to P’squosa/Wenatchi/Wenatchapum Native Peoples. It was a nicely-recognized regional council grounds considering the fact that time immemorial and was a gathering location for bands and Tribes all through the Pacific Northwest.
In 1886 European settlers established a trading post at the web site. In modern instances, the Horan supported a pear orchard and a golf driving variety.
The Horan All-natural Location occupies the alluvial fan developed by the Wenatchee River. Historically, surface water flows inside the Horan integrated seasonal flow in Quantity A single Canyon Creek, storm water drainage from the City of Wenatchee and Pioneer Ditch excess. Storm drain water and Pioneer Ditch flows no longer supply surface water. Seasonal flows in Quantity A single Canyon Creek continue to supply water to the HNA currently. Through intense events, the Columbia River overflows onto the Horan.
The PUD constructed a series of connected, steep-sided ponds and wetlands about 1990. Now, 1 pond has transformed into a cattail marsh that retailers water only for the duration of higher flow periods. The other ponds rise and fall with groundwater levels and supply stagnant water that is made use of by smaller numbers of a range of waterfowl.
The Horan for Now & Into the Future
Two organizing activities that could influence the future situations in the HNA are just starting. The City of Wenatchee is starting to assess a new road and bridge that would alleviate North Wenatchee Avenue targeted traffic congestion. The Chelan PUD will quickly start assessments as portion of the essential FERC relicensing of Rock Island Dam. Each entities are committed to enhancing situations in the Horan All-natural Location and to style and implement the necessary improvements.
The Chelan County PUD will host two public workshops to talk about future plans for the Horan All-natural Location. The Chelan County PUD internet site introduces their vision for the location along with a survey for you to give your input.
Chelan County PUD and Washington State Parks have established a collective vision for the extended-term management of the South Confluence Location (SCA) inside the Horan All-natural Location. Our target is to sustain a functioning ecosystem, although offering recreational access for enjoyment, education and interpretation of its historical and organic sources for future generations.
The North Central Washington Audubon Society (NCWAS) would like to encourage people and organizations to full the Chelan PUD’s survey on their internet site, create a letter, or send an e-mail to the Chelan PUD to help their extended-term vision for the Horan location.
Existing organizing by the Chelan County PUD creates a distinctive chance to style and implement improvements to the Horan All-natural Location. North Central Washington Audubon Society (NCWAS) supports:
- Introduction of a reputable surface water supply to provide flowing water to connect a network of ponds that are developed to improve shorebird and waterfowl use.
- Style and construct a cultural history web site that honors the history of Native American use and reestablishes indigenous peoples’ presence in the location.
- Building and upkeep of an Environmental Educational Center to host displays and applications connecting all residents and communities with North Central Washington’s lands and waters.
- Improvement of a vegetative management strategy emphasizing the protection of culturally significant plants, minimization of weeds, and enhancement of native plant species.
- Style, building, and upkeep of a terrestrial and aquatic trail technique that encourages use of the Horan for a wide range of multi-lingual recreational experiences.
Please send your letters or comments by November six, 2019 to:
Director, Hydro Licensing and Compliance
Chelan County PUD
327 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Horan All-natural Location – Share Your Suggestions with the Chelan PUD
Public Welcome to Attend!
November six, 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and four:30 pm – six:30 pm
Confluence Technologies Center
285 Technologies Center Way, Wenatchee
Info for this write-up was taken from the North Central Washington Audubon Society internet site.