Out & About, July 25

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Work to start on Willardtool house restoration

WILLARD — The public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday to view the first phase of restoration of the historic Willard Tool House, 201 Oklahoma Road, in eastern Skamania County.

Visitors can learn more about the tool house, built in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of a seven-structure Forest Service ranger station.

The tool house eventually will be moved to the site of the former Peterson Prairie Guard Station, which burned last September. The 1926 building was part of the agency's rental program.

Chris Donnermeyer, a Forest Service archeologist, said volunteers from the Passport in Time program are restoring the tool house. It was slated for removal, but now will moved to Peterson Prairie in the next year and eventually added to the recreation rental program.

Special Okanogan deer huntapplications due Aug. 14

OROVILLE — Hunters have until Aug. 14 to apply to hunt deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in Okanogan County.

 Hunters can submit an application for the limited-entry deer hunt on the Department of Fish and Wildlife's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/scotchcreek/ or by contacting the agency's northcentral region office at (509) 754-4624 or Olympia headquarters at (360) 902-2515.

Eighteen applicants will be chosen during a random drawing on Aug. 15. Winners of the drawing will receive access permits.

 "This is part of our effort to provide quality hunting opportunities in Washington," said Matt Monda, regional wildlife manager. "This drawing is open to the general public without any additional fees beyond the cost of a hunting license and the standard tags."

Of the 18 access permits available, six will be reserved for bowhunters, six for muzzleloaders and six for hunters using modern firearms.

Hunters are allowed to take only one deer, and must follow general hunting rules in effect for this area.

Deer seasons for the area are Sept. 1-27 for archers, Sept. 28-Oct. 6 for muzzleloaders, and Oct. 12-20 for hunters using modern firearms.

The results of the drawing will be available on agency's website the last week of August. Hunters who are drawn will receive an access permit and a boundary map in the mail.

Video contest to featureWashington state parks

OLYMPIA — Video submissions will be accepted through Sept. 14 in a film contest focusing on a favorite Washington state park.

The contest, entitled "Why I Love My State Park,'' features multiple $500 prizes to be offered this fall.

State parks, the Farrington Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington are partners in the contest. designed to get youth outside. Winning videos may be used by the Farrington Foundation and Washington state parks to promote the park system.

The videos must be between two and seven minutes long. Contest applications are required and may be downloaded at www.friendsoffarrington.org.