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Volunteers needed to repair trails

Volunteers are needed in September to repair and improve Cape Horn trail in the Columbia River Gorge and Quartz Creek trail No. 5 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Organized by the Washington Trails Association, the work on the Cape Horn trail will be Sept. 6, 11 and 20. A four-day backcountry response team effort is scheduled Sept. 14-17 on Quartz Creek trail.

Volunteers at Cape Horn will meet at the park-and-ride lot at the junction of state Highway 14 and Salmon Falls Road in western Skamania County.

The Quartz Creek outing is for experienced backpackers. The goal is to extend maintainance of the trail farther into the backcountry.

Quartz Creek trail is a key route connecting Lewis River trail No. 90 with Boundary trail No. 1 in the Dark Divide Roadless Area. WTA began work on the trail in 2011 after years of deferred maintenance on the route.

To register for any of the events, go online to www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties or contact Haley Miller at haley@wta.org.

Wildlife League to meet Wednesday

The Vancouver Wildlife League will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife office, 2108 Grand Blvd.

Habitat specialist Daren Hauswald will discuss projects at the Vancouver Lake and Shillapoo wildlife areas.

The public is invited.

Youth fishing event Sept. 8 at hatchery

CARSON — The 14th annual Kids’ Fishing Day will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 at Carson National Fish Hatchery along the upper Wind River.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with no registration after noon. It is open to anyone age 12 and younger. Two hatchery holding ponds will be filled with 1,400 rainbow trout. There will be a two-fish limit.

Educational activities and food concessions will be available. Fishing equipment, bait and fish cleaning will be provided. The hatchery is 14 miles north of Carson on the Wind River Highway.

For more information, call 509-427-5905.

Federal recreation website redesigned

The federal government has redesigned www.recreation.gov, a website describing recreation opportunity offered by eight agencies including the Forest Service, Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

Enhanced content includes trip-planning tools, more multimedia, and other features. Seven million visitors use the site annually to make reservations at federal campgrounds and other facilities.

Research crews plan coho netting

ASTORIA — Research crews will be netting and tagging coho salmon in the Columbia River estuary as part of a study on run timing.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has contracted with six commercial fishermen to use four beach seines and two purse seines to capture the coho.

The netting will be on 28 miles of the Columbia from Sand Island to Jim Crow Sands through the end of October.