Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Oregon Wild to offer hiking series

PORTLAND — The conservation group Oregon Wild will lead five hikes in late April and early May to scenic spots in northern Oregon and southwest Washington.

The outings are free, although a suggested donation is encouraged to offset the costs of the group’s hiking program.

The five hikes are April 21 to Tamanawas Falls in the Mount Hood National Forest, April 29 to Salmon River canyon, also in the Mount Hood forest; May 3 to Catherine Creek wildflower area in Klickitat County, May 5 to McCall Point near Hood River and May 7 to Eagle Creek on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge.

To register for the hikes, go online to www.oregonwild.org.

Comments sought on fish rearing sites

CHELATCHIE — Comments will be accepted through May 9 on a preliminary analysis by the Forest Service for three juvenile spring chinook salmon acclimation sites in the upper North Fork of the Lewis River area.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is proposing the three sites as part of the multi-agency, tribal and jurisdictional Lewis River Settlement Agreement, which relicensed the hydroelectric dams and agreed on the reintroduction of salmon and steelhead to the upper watershed.

The acclimation sites will imprint the chinook on locations upstream of Swift Dam and encourage the fish upon their return as adults to spawn throughout their historic range.

The preliminary analysis can be downloaded from http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/04projects. Copies are available on request by contacting Erin Black at 509-395-3411 or by email to ekblack@fs.fed.us.

Comments may be sent to Diana Perez, Mount St. Helens Deputy District Ranger, at the following address: Acclimation Sites in Upper Lewis River, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, 42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, Wash., 98601.

Comments may be emailed to: comments-pacificnorthwest-giffordpinchot-mtsthelensnvm@fs.fed.us.

For electronic comments, they need to be submitted in rich text format (RTF) or Microsoft Word format (.doc).

For more information, contact project leader David Hu at 360-891-5108 or dhu@fs.fed.us.

Meetings to start on recreation plan

ELLENSBURG — The state Department of Natural Resources will have open houses on April 25 in Ellensburg and April 26 in Wenatchee to begin a recreation planning process for the Naneum Ridge State Forest.

The forest is 131,000 acres of state trust lands in Kittitas and Chelan counties including working forests and a large network of natural areas.

The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

The April 25 meeting is at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensbugh. The April 26 meeting is at the Wenatchee Convention Center. 121 N. Wenatchee Ave.

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