Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Session to discuss Mount St. Helens

A public meeting to discuss the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument accomplishments in the past year will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest office, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle.

A year ago, the Forest Service and partners introduced a strategic investment plan for the monument. The plan included investments to revitalize the recreational and educational opportunities and programs.

Leaders from surrounding counties, the Mount St. Helens Institute and Cowlitz Economic Development Council have been invited to Monday’s meeting.

U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler is scheduled to attend the meeting.

Winter recreation clinics slated Nov. 28

PORTLAND — A free clinic on the basics of cross-country skiing will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at REI, 1405 N.W. Johnson St.

The program will cover the differences between backcountry, telemark and touring ski styles along with clothing tips and suggested locations to try skiing.

The REI Tualatin store, 7410 S.W. Bridgeport Road, will offer a clinic on snowshoeing basics also beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 28.

Pinchot Christmas tree permits go on sale

Christmas tree cutting permits for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest go on sale beginning Friday.

The permits cost $5 per tree and are available at the forest headquarters, 10600 N.E 51st Circle, Vancouver; at ranger stations in Trout Lake, Chelatchie and Randle, plus at several commercial vendors.

One tree per permit may be cut. The limit is five permits per household. Cutting is prohibited in wilderness areas, campgrounds, state or private lands within national forest boundaries and in the legislated Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

The forest headquarters and ranger office at Chelatchie are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The Mount Adams office at Trout Lake is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.