Out & About 9/13

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Field trip to showforest restoration plan

TROUT LAKE -- A field trip to introduce a proposal including thinning, road closures and meadow restoration in the Mount Adams Ranger District will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

The field trip will feature the proposed Coyote Thin project and Cave Bear Restoration project.

The field trip is a joint effort of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative, a stakeholder group ranging from environmental groups to the timber industry.

For more information, contact Erin Black at 509-395-3411, ekblack@fs.fed.us; or Jamie Tolfree at 360-334-2555 or jtolfree11@gmail.com.

Treaty tribes opposeOregon gillnet ban

PORTLAND -- The four Columbia River treaty tribes say they are opposed to Oregon Ballot Measure 81 to ban gillnets and tangle nets in Oregon inland waters.

"All it does is reshuffle who gets to catch fish in the lower Columbia,'' said N. Kathryn Brigham, chair of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. "It doesn't change how many fish can be caught and it doesn't help rebuild salmon runs. We have fought over fisheries allocations in the past and fighting over who gets to catch the fish doesn't help build the necessary partnerships we need to restore and protect salmon.''

The ballot measure does not affect treaty Indian fishing rights.

Comments sought onlocal hatchery plans

OLYMPIA -- Comments will be accepted through Oct. 5 on updated draft management plans for several lower Columbia River hatchery programs. Known as Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans, 15 of the drafts are for steelhead and two for chinook salmon.

The plans describe the operation of hatchery programs in the lower Columbia River and the potential effects of the programs on wild fish species, including salmon and steelhead, that are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

The draft plans are available for review on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hatcheries/hgmp or at the department's office in Olympia.

To schedule an appointment to review the plans in person, call 360-902-2782.

Comments on the draft plans can be submitted by mail to Hatcheries, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, 98501, or by email at HGMP_LCRcomments@dfw.wa.gov.