Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Workers needed to fix Soda Peaks Lake trail

CARSON — Volunteers are needed to do maintenance Sept. 22-23 on Soda Peaks Lake trail in the Trapper Creek Wilderness of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The Washington Trails Association is hosting the two days of work. Volunteers can register for one day or both. Free camping and a potluck near the trailhead are planned Sept. 22.

No experience is necessary and WTA provides tools and instructions.

To register, go online to www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties or contact Haley Miller at haley@wta.org.

Meetings scheduled to discuss forest roads

YALE — A public meeting to gather information about the Gifford Pinchot National Forest road system will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Yale School gymnasium, 11842 Lewis River Road.

It is the first of six public sessions to identify sustainable forest road systems by 2015. The analysis will integrate access needs with environmental risks and expected budgets.

Additional meetings, all starting at 6 p.m., will be Sept. 20 at the White Salmon Fire Hall, 119 N.E. Church St., White Salmon; Sept. 26 at the Pinchot headquarters, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle; Oct. 1, Randle Fire Hall, 9978 U.S. Highway 12, Randle; Oct. 4, Rock Creek auditorium in Stevenson; and Oct. 18, Centralia Community College cafeteria, 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia.

A questionnaire is available through Dec. 31 as an alternative way to provide input to the GPNF roads analysis. The questionnaire can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/landmanagement?cid=stelprdb5388890.

Participants may print, fill out and mail hard-copy questionnaires to c/o Ken Sandusky 10600 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver, 98682.

Wildlife carving show slated this weekend

The 25th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show featuring intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife displays will be Saturday and Sunday at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

Admission is free.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The event attracts more than 90 artists from throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, go online to www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.

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