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Help sought for trail work

The Washington Trails Association is hosting volunteer work parties on Saturday and June 25-26 to build or repair trails at Cape Horn and along Quartz Creek.

On Saturday, a new handicap-accessible trail will be built to link Cape Horn trail in western Skamania County to the Nancy Russell Overlook, to be built later this summer.

On June 25-26, volunteers will maintain the first two miles of Quartz Creek trail No. 5 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There will be camping on Saturday night including a potluck.

No experience is necessary and the trails association provides tools and instruction.

Tor register, go online to www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties, email Ryan Ojerio at ryan@wta.org or call 360-722-2657.

Youth fishing event set July 16

ARIEL — Registration is encouraged by June 30 for the 13th annual Merwin Special Kids Day fishing event for children with disabilities.

The event will be July 16 at Merwin Fish Hatchery along the North Fork of the Lewis River.

The wheelchair-accessible hatchery will be planted with as many as 3,000 trout ranging from 1 to 4 pounds for the event. Volunteers will serve as one-on-one fishing coaches.

Rods, reels, tackle and T-shirts will be provided for the youth to use and keep. A free barbecue is planned followed by a casting contest and other activities.

The event draws children from the Vancouver School for the Blind, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Emanuel Legacy, Kaiser Kids and Shriners hospitals.

The sponsors encourage anyone with a special-needs child to participate.

To enroll, call 1-800-899-4421.

Hikes offered at Tryon Creek

PORTLAND — Free guided hikes at Tryon Creek State Natural Area will be offered beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 29 through Aug. 31.

Topics will vary weekly, but will include plants and wildlife found in the 675-acre park in the forested canyon between Portland and Lake Oswego.

Hikes will leave from the Nature Center at 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.

For more information, go online to www.tryonfriends.org.