Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Boating safety class scheduled for Nov. 17

Registration is open for a safe boating class on Nov. 17 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room No. B-1.

Offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 and the Clark County Marine Patrol, the class begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person or $20 for a family of three or more.

The class covers boating laws, navigation rules, equipment requirements and more.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Gifford Pinchot movie coming to Camas, Stevenson

CAMAS — A free premier showing of “Seeking the Greatest Good,’’ a documentary about the life of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the Forest Service, will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Liberty Theater.

The film also will be shown beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson.

In Oregon, the film will be shown at 6:30 tonight at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River.

The documentary is presented by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and presented by the Gifford Pinchot and Mount Hood national forests, plus the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Oregon bass club meets Nov. 15

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Ed and Nicholas Chin of the Oregon Bass Federation will discuss how to get youth involved in fishing.

Mount Adams fire site to remain off-limits

TROUT LAKE — The Cascade Creek fire site on the south side of Mount Adams, will remain closed this winter and into next spring.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest said the winter climbing route from the east side of the Aiken Lava Bed will be open.

Ken Sandusky, a Pinchot spokesman in Vancouver, said the agency needs to time to do a safety check the roads and trails, particularly for hazard trees.

The closure is north of the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails accessible out of Big Tree and SnowKing sno-parks.

A description of the closure area and map are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/?aid=15086.

Brush pile burning planned in Gorge

BINGEN — Pile burning is planned this fall in the Catherine Creek and Burdoin Mountain areas of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The Forest Service says the burning is part of an effort to reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire and improve the health of the forest.

Smoke may be visible from state Highway 14 in Washington and Interstate 84 in Oregon.

Burning days depend on temperature, fuel moisture, wind speed and duration. Designed burns can reduce the threat of wildfire, recycle nutrients to increase soil productivity and improve wildlife habitat.

Burning began on Tuesday.

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