Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Volunteers needed to spruce up Mount St. Helens monument sites

TOUTLE — Registration is open for the National Forest Foundation’s Friends of the Forest volunteer weekend July 7-8 at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Volunteers will have a choice of work projects on July 7 ranging from trail work to refurbishing kiosks to clearing brush at recreation sites. All the work will be along state Highway 504 between the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater and Johnston Ridge Observatory.

On Saturday night, the volunteers will be invited to the first evening concert in Music on the Mountain series at the new Johnston Ridge Observatory outdoor amphitheater.

On Sunday, the volunteers who worked Saturday will be able to participate in a free, guided hike or guided paddle trip on Coldwater Lake.

Volunteers are invited to camp Friday and Saturday nights near the Science and Learning Center.

To register for the event, go online to www.nationalforests.org/connect/volunteert/event/421/signup.

Columbia sturgeon management to be discussed on July 17

PORTLAND — A public meeting to discuss sturgeon management in the lower Columbia River will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way.

Biologists from the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife will provide an update on the status of the population and ask for suggestions for fishery regulation changes.

Similar meetings are scheduled July 18 in Longview, July 19 in Astoria, July 24 in Raymond, July 26 in Mill Creek and July 31 in Montesano.

Woodland shooter tops youth clay target event

RAVENSDALE, Wash. — Seth Wingfield of Woodland was the high overall male shooter in the Washington Scholastic Clay Target Program event here last weekend.

Fifty-seven shooters competed in sporting clays, skeet and trap events during three days. The non-profit program is designed to promote youth in competitive international and national shotgun sports.

Fly Fishing Fair scheduled for Spokane on July 12-14

SPOKANE — Workshops on casting, fly tying and more will be featured July 12-14 at the Spokane Convention Center at the 47th annual International Fly Fishing Fair.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Admission will cost $5 for adults and is free for youth age 15 and younger. Nonfishing workshops also are planned.

Outfitters, gear manufacturers, fishing destinations and others will have booths at the show.

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

Mount Bachelor to offer skiing, snowboarding this weekend

BEND. Ore. — Mount Bachelor will be open for skiing and snowboarding from Friday through Sunday.

Daily chairlift tickets will be $30 for all ages. The chairlifts will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Skiing and snowboarding will be available from the Summit Express chair, accessible via the Pine Marten Express in the West Village base area.

Summer operations, including scenic chairlift rides, begin on July 6 and continue through Sept. 2.