Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Vancouver Wildlife League to meet on Wednesday

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

Dave Brown of Northwest Wild Fish Rescue will be the guest speaker.

Cabela’s to open store in new Yakima Valley shopping center

UNION GAP, Wash. — Giant outdoor goods retailer Cabela’s has announced it will start construction this spring of an “outpost store” at Union Gap in the Yakima Valley.

Outpost stores are about 40,000 square feet, smaller than traditional Cabela’s stores. The Union Gap store is expected to employe 65 full- and part-time employees. It will be the anchor of Washington Plaza, a new shopping center.

This is Cabela’s first outpost store with more planned for the western United States and Canada.

The outpost stores “will extend our footprint into smaller markets and increase the range in which the Cabela’s retail experience reaches our loyal customers,” said Tommy Millner, company chief executive officer.

A grand opening is scheduled for this fall.

Presentation to discuss Oregon’s feral swine, common carp

PORTLAND — A presentation about two of Oregon’s most-destructive invasives species — feral swine and carp — will be presented at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Ecotrust Building, 721 N.W. Ninth Ave.

The presentations are organized by the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

Admission is free, but registration is required online at www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife.

Rick Boatner of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will discuss his work to eradicate feral swine. The wild pigs have been reported in 17 Oregon counties. They can tear up a hillside, field or streambank overnight.

Common carp have had a devastating impact on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Refuge manager Tim Bodeen and fish biologist Linda Beck will discuss why waterfowl production is down 75 percent and use of the refuge has fallen precipitously.

The presentations will be in Billy Frank Jr, Conference Center of the building.

State to buy land along Okanogan River as fish, wildlife habitat

OLYMPIA — The state will buy 165 acres along the Okanogan River in north-central Washington to preserve the land as fish and wildlife habitat.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the purchase in mid-February. The $795,000 cost is being paid for with grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

The land is about 20 miles north of Omak. It has spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead plus grassland and shrub steppe beneficial to wildlife.

The property will become part of the state’s Sinlahekin Wildlife Area.

Pheasants Forever to have two biologists working in state

SPOKANE — Pheasants Forever have hired two biologists to work in Washington.

Kelli Bartholomew will cover Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, Kittitas, Yakima and Benton counties. Erik Lewis will work in Eastern Washingon, with an emphasis on the channel scablands.

The two will work with landowners, farmers and ranchers to implement wildlife habitat conservation measures.

Bartholomew will be based in Ephrata, while Lewis will operate out of Spokane.

Pheasants Forever is a private wildlife conservation group.

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