Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Registration open for trail skills college

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — Registration opens Feb. 22 for the fifth annual Columbia Cascades Trails Skills College at Marine Park here.

The free event on April 19-21 features a variety of classes to teach trail-building and maintenance, along with saw crew training, first-aid, trail reconstruction and managing a trail crew.

Camping and meals are provided.

The event is sponsored by the Pacific Crest Trail Association, Forest Service, Washington Trails Association, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington and REI.

For more information, go online to www.pcta.org.

Safe boating class offered Feb. 23

Registration is open for a boating safety class on Feb. 23 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room B-1.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Boating safety, navigation rules and skills, equipment requirements and more are covered in the class.

In Washington, boaters younger than age 50 are required to have a boater safety card.

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

State seeks advisers for enforcement group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking applications through Feb. 28 for five positions on its enforcement advisory group.

The advisory group assists the enforcement program with public outreach and education, relations with sportsmen, legislation and the state administrative code. 

Advisers will be chosen for two-to-three-year terms, depending on the rotation of existing members, said Bruce Bjork, who heads enforcement division.

The advisory group meets twice a year via video-conference at regional offices and once a year at a central location in the state. The majority of the work of the group is conducted via email.

It is a volunteer position and those selected are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Any group or individual may submit an application.  Applicants do not have to be affiliated with an organized group.   

Applications must include the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, affiliations and experience with fish and wildlife conservation or other law enforcement.  Up to three references may also be included. 

Applications may be submitted to Sean.Carrell@dfw.wa.gov or by mailing the application to Sean Carrell, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501.

For more information, contact Carrell at (360) 902-2926.

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