No Net Loss of Land Base Value
- Stehekin’s community/culture (historical and current)
- Stehekin citizens’ opportunities to create future businesses, investment security, residential security and community life.
- The human interest currently available to the visiting public: Local, authentic interpretation of history, homes and defining characteristics of mountain life.
- Effects of NPS land acquisition on land prices, taxes and other economic considerations from 1968 to the present.
- Overnight Tourist facilities (Quality Experience with local rental cabins located throughout the valley and along the shore of Lake Chelan, Stehekin Valley Ranch providing beautiful up valley location, Private homes where visiting families stay)
- Quality World-class bakery, nationally recognized and a highly anticipated renewal spot for Pacific Crest Trail hikers
- Recreational opportunity providers (Horseback riding, kayaking, fishing guide, rafting, horse supported pack trips,)
- Service providers/private businesses: freight, construction, heavy equipment, boat transportation, bike rentals
- Historical enhancement (Stehekin Choice writings, private authors, private family documents and photos, homesteading history)
- Interpretation of the Valley (including authors, art, tours)
- Human interest for the visitor (People surviving in the mountains is interesting to all)
- Artistry (many venues — Photography, painting, graphic artists, woodworking, fabric artists. Local creations available to the visiting public through “The House That Jack Built”)
- Pioneer skills that blend with the valley history (woodworking, leather work, blacksmith skills, horseshoeing, archery,)
- Gardens as representing survival and enhancing the area with beauty and practicality-nearly every home has one.
- Emergency Know-how and Assistance (Knowledge of the area in search in rescue, in fire situations and floods)
- Survival Skills as examples of a lifestyle gone by, isolated from urban life, living close to nature, value to the rest of the country as a reminder of our ties to the past.
- Hunting —pack animals and packers provide access to high country hunting
- Saving $ through contracts with local residents-more cost effective
We believe that many of the services, land acquisitions at lake Chelan are contrary with what the Congress intended. The Government Accountability Office: an independent nonpartisan federal agency that acts as the investigative arm of Congress making the executive branch accountable to Congress and the government accountable to citizens of the United States
CED-81-10 January 22, 1981
GAO was requested to examine the land acquisition and management practices of the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Through the law which established this area, it was congressional intent that land acquisition costs be minimal, that a private community in the recreation area continue to exist, that commercial development not be eliminated, and that additional compatible development be permitted to accommodate increased visitor use.
NPS has not acted in accordance with congressional intent. NPS has spent millions of dollars to acquire over half of the privately owned land in the recreation area. Moreover, it plans to acquire most of the area’s remaining privately owned land. These additional land acquisitions are planned without a clear definition of the uses that are incompatible with the enabling legislation. The acquisitions are based on the premise that NPS must acquire the major areas subject to subdivision to prevent a prospective boom in recreational homesites. NPS has also prohibited new private commercial development to increase lodging accommodations and to provide needed restaurant and grocery services for both residents and visitors.
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Stehekin Heritage is dedicated to perpetuating and protecting a viable community presence in the Stehekin Valley, as well as, sharing and enhancing public recreation throughout the North Cascades.
Address: PO Box 1, Stehekin, WA 98852