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Witnessing Change

What is Witnessing Change?

Witnessing Change is a program that enables visitors to see the landscapes of this region through the eyes of a land manager working to improve the health of the land.

Citizens are invited to visit locations in the Witnessing Change network, take photos at designated places along the trail and then upload their photos to the WitnessingChange.org website, where they can be compared with others being used to evaluate success of management actions.

Explore Monitoring Locations

McCartney Creek Meadow
(Douglas County)

A shrub steppe and freshwater habitat in Moses Coulee, managed by The Nature Conservancy, with 5 photo points monitored in spring and summer for changes in native vegetation.

Barn Beach Reserve
(Chelan County)

A nature preserve and learning center that includes conifer forest and is adjacent to freshwater habitat in Leavenworth, managed by Barn Beach Trust, with 3 photo points monitored monthly for seasonal change.

Sinlahekin Valley (WDFW lands)
(Okanogan County)

A rugged landscape with dry ponderosa pine forest, mixed conifer (ponderosa pine and Douglas fir) forest, open shrub-steppe, mixed hardwood (deciduous trees) riparian areas and wetland habitats habitat just south of Loomis, managed by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, with 6 photo points monitored year round for forest health.

Sinlahekin Valley (BLM lands)
(Okanogan County)

A coniferous forest and shrub-steppe habitat just south of Loomis, managed by Bureau of Land Management, with 6 photo points monitored year round for land health trends.

Jacobson Preserve
(Chelan County)

A north facing slope (elevation 1100 to 1440 feet) that is shrub steppe habitat just outside city limits of Wenatchee, north of Saddle Rock at the beginning of Canyon 2, managed by Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, with 3 photo points monitored year round for observing ability of shrub steppe to heal after reclamation to native habitat.

Homestead Valley Trail
(Douglas County)

A shrub steppe habitat near Moses Coulee in The Nature Conservancy’s McCartney Creek Preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy, with 5 photo points monitored year round for vegetative and seasonal changes across various aspects of shrub-steppe habitat.