Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Boating safety class set Dec. 10

Registration is open for a boating safety class offered Dec. 10 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations conference center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

Taught by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class will begin at 8:30 a.m., continue until 5 p.m., and costs $10 per boater.

Safety, equipment requirements, navigation rules and more will be covered.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Steelhead fishing seminar set

PORTLAND — A free seminar on winter steelhead fishing for beginners is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Fishermen’s Marine and Outdoor, 1120 N. Hayden Meadows Drive.

Two book signings also are scheduled at the Delta Park store. Retired Oregon State Police enforcement officer Joe Schwab will sign “Outlaws on the Big River’’ and “Outlaws in the Big Woods’’ from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10. Author Gary Lewis will sign his books from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

Xmas tree permits on sale

Permits to cut Christmas trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest go on sale today.

Permits cost $5 per tree. They are sold at forest headquarters, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle, and at the ranger stations in Chelatchie, Trout Lake and Randle. Several private vendors in Southwest Washington also sell the permits.

Cutting is prohibited in a portion of the Mount St. Helens area plus in wilderness areas, campgrounds, within 300 feet of streams and on private or state forest inholdings.

One tree may be cut per permit and five permits are the maximum for a household.