Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Webcast to discuss wolves, hunting in Washington

OLYMPIA — A live webcast where big-game managers from Washington, Idaho and Montana discuss elk and deer in areas populated by wolves is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today.

The event will be on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at http://wdfw.wa.gov.

The webcast will remain on the page after the event for those unable to view it tonight.

Jon Rachel of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Jim Williams of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will join Phil Anderson, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Dave Ware, Washington’s game program manager.

“We’ve been consulting with a number of experts, including our counterparts from other states, since wolves began to reappear in Washington to better prepare us for meeting the many challenges that come with having wolves back in the state,” said Anderson. “This will give the public an opportunity to hear directly from those who have been involved in wolf management in other areas of the West.”

Ware will describe the status of wolves and big-game hunting in Washington.

Rachel and Williams also will discuss strategies used by successful big-game hunters in their states.

Oregon bass club to meet July 25

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. July 25 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

An documentary entitled “Columbia River Toxins,” by Oregon Public Broadcasting will be shown. Aaron Borisenko of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will lead a discussion after the showing.

Mount Adams district gets new ranger

TROUT LAKE — Mose Jones-Yellin has been named district ranger for the Mount Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Jones-Yellin is a deputy district ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California. He served as Cowlitz Valley district ranger on a temporary assignment in 2012.

He has a master’s degree in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan. He will begin at Trout Lake in mid-August.

Jones-Yellin replaces Erin Black, who has been interim district ranger, since the retirement of Nancy Ryke in June.

Clatsop beaches now closed for razor clams

ASTORIA — Razor clam digging is closed for the summer on the Clatsop beaches in Oregon, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The summer closure on the 18 miles of beaches north of Tillamook Head is an annual conservation measure to protect newly set young clams.

This year, the Clatsop beaches had good harvest rates and unusually large clams. The beaches are the most productive razor clam spots in Oregon, accounting for more than 90 percent of the total harvest.

Digging for razor clams continues to be open on other Oregon beaches.