Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Weyerhaeuser Co. official to talk about deer, elk

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

Mark Sheldahl of Weyerhaeuser will describe the timber company’s changing attitudes toward deer and elk populations.

The public is welcome.

Help needed for Mount St. Helens volunteer naturalist program

Volunteers are needed to participate in a new Mount St. Helens Volcano Naturalist Program launching in 2013.

Training includes 10 classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest office, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle, between Feb. 27 and May 15, with two Wednesdays off. There also will be three weekend field trips, one an overnight stay.

The course fee is $200, paid to the Mount St. Helens Institute. The fee includes natural history books, course materials, a field notebook and refreshments.

Participants will commit to a minimum of 60 hours of volunteering at Mount St. Helens. Opportunities include being Volcano Volunteers (visitor services, interpretation, special events), Mountain Stewards (safety assistance and interpretation on trails and climbing routes) or Conservation Corps (trail maintenance, invasive species removal, stream monitoring).

For more information or to apply, go online to www.mshinstitute.org. For questions, call Amy Tanska, Mount St. Helens Institute volunteer programs manager, at 360-449-7826.

Cooper Spur resort on Mount Hood ready for skiers

PARKDALE , Ore. — Cooper Spur Ski Area on the north side of Mount Hood is open for the season.

Skiing, snowboarding and tubing will be offered daily through Jan. 6. Cooper Spur has one main chairlift plus a beginner rope tow and two tubing tows.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except open until 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. After Jan. 6, regular operations will be Fridays through Sundays.

Chairlift tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for juniors ages 7 to 14 or seniors age 65 and older, and $5 for youth age 6 and younger. Skis and snowboards are rented for $18 for all ages.

For more information, call 541-352-7803 or visit the website at www.cooperspur.com.