Out & About: Nominees sought for wildlife council

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Nominees sought for wildlife council

OLYMPIA — Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 31 for five new members to the state’s Game Management Advisory Council.

The 22-member panel advises the Department of Fish and Wildlife on issues such as hunter access, resource allocation, financing and research.

Nominations need to include the following information: nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address; relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve; nominee’s effectiveness in communication; a name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Nominations must be submitted to Dave Ware, game division manager. Mail applications can be sent to him at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501-1091 or by email to david.ware@dfw.wa.gov. Ware’s telephone number is 360-902-2509.

New council members will serve through June 2013 and should be available for meetings as early as this December.

Council members will be reimbursed for travel expenses upon request.

Grants offered to help shooters

The National Shooting Sports Foundation will make $300,000 in financing available this year to establish or sustain college shooting clubs and teams.

Grant applications are available online at www.nssf.org/CSSI/grants.

School already receiving grants include Harvard, Yale, Clemson and Colorado State.

Money is available for both competitive target shooting and recreational shooting.

Mt. Rainier park ready for visitors

ASHFORD — The snow finally has melted and the wildflowers are blooming at Mount Rainier National Park.

All park rods are open, the visitor centers are in full swing and trail conditions have improved significantly, according to the National Park Service.

The snow has melted more in the Sunrise area than at Paradise. Other areas with good wildflower displays are Snow Lake, Crystal Lake and Shriner Peak trails.

Stevens Canyon Road will close on Sept. 6 from just west of the Grove of the Patriarchs to just east of Backbone Ridge viewpoint and will be off limits through Oct. 30.

Free shuttles into the park from Ashford are offered on Saturdays and Sundays and from Longmire on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Updates on trail conditions can be found online a www.nps.gov/mora.

Wenatchee River sockeye run weak

WENATCHEE — There will not be a sport-fishing season for sockeye in Lake Wenatchee this year.

State fisheries officials said that while more than 185,000 sockeye have passed Bonneville Dam, only about 14,000 are expected to enter Lake Wenatchee.

The goal is 23,000 sockeye for spawning, said Jeff Korth, regional fish manager in Ephrata.

The bulk of the sockeye run is headed for the Okanogan River and into Canada.