Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Helpers needed to work on trails at Cape Horn, Coyote Wall

Volunteers are needed for two work parties on the Cape Horn trail and one at Coyote Wall in November.

The Washington Trails Association will be organizing trail maintenance on Cape Horn trail on Nov. 1 and 3. The association will organize work Nov. 10-11 at Coyote Wall in Klickitat County.

The Coyote Wall work effort will include camping at state Department of Fish and Wildlife property five miles up state Highway 142 along the Klickitat River.

No experience is needed to participate. WTA provides the tools and instruction.

To register, call Ryan Ojerio at 360-722-2657, email him at ryan@wta.org or go online www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties.

Washington state parks announce winter operating schedule

SKAMANIA — The campground at Beacon Rock State Park will be closed for winter beginning Monday and will reopen April 5, the state Parks and Recreation Commission says.

The agency announced its winter schedule recently.

Two camping sites near the moorage and recreational vehicle sites at Beacon Rock will be open all year on a first-come basis.

Columbia Hills State Park near Dallesport in Klickitat County closes for the winter on Nov. 1, including the campground, day-use area and boat ramp. It will reopen on April 1.

Paradise Point State Park will have some camping sites and the day-use area open during the winter.

Battle Ground Lake and Maryhill state parks stay open during the winter.

Volunteer help sought to plant trees at Steigerwald refuge

WASHOUGAL — Volunteers are needed to plant trees at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 17, Jan. 26 and Feb. 9.

The plantings are done from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Advance registration is required. Contact Josh Holcomb at the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership at 503-226-1565, ext. 221 or email him at jholcomb@lcep.org.

Nomination period open for state steelhead/cutthroat trout board

OLYMPIA — Nominations for membership on the state’s Steelhead/Cutthroat Policy Advisory Group are being accepted through Nov. 15.

Up to 20 individuals will be chosen to serve in 2013 and 2014. The advisory group to the Department of Fish and Wildlife meets about four times a year.

Advisers also are asked to comment on written material throughout the year. Advisers do not receive any direct compensation for their work.

Any group or individual may submit a nomination. Self nominations also are accepted.

Nomination information needs to include:

Nominee’s name, address and telephone number.

Nominee’s affiliations, if any.

Name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination.

Experience, species or area of interest, and references.

Nominations must be submitted to Bob Leland, steelhead program manager. His mailing address is 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501. His email is robert.leland@dfw.wa.gov.

For more information, call Leland at 360-902-2817.

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