Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Gifford Pinchot proposes fire salvage timber sale

TROUT LAKE — The Gifford Pinchot National Forest wants to salvage log commercially 56 acres of trees damaged in last year’s huge Cascade Creek Fire on the south side of Mount Adams.

Nancy Ryke, Mount Adams District ranger, is asking the chief of the Forest Service for an emergency determination to allow logging this summer and fall.

The fire started from a Sept. 8 lightning strike. It grew to more than 20,000 acres, however much of land is in wilderness, where salvage is prohibited.

Old-growth forest, with trees about 200 years old, comprise most of the 56 acres. More than 60 percent of the trees have died or will die soon as a result of the fire. The sale would include several small units on the southwest edge of the fire. The estimated wood volume is 1.65 million board feet.

All surviving trees would be left. A portion of the dead and dying trees also would left to provided habitat for wildlife dependent on snags and downed logs.

Documents regarding the proposed salvage logging may be downloaded from www.fs.usda.gov/projects/giffordpinchot/landmanagement/projects.

Copies also are available by contact Ben Hoppus at 509-395-3405 or by email to bhoppus@fs.fed.us.

Comments may be submitted to Hoppus at 2455 Highway 141, Trout Lake, Wash., 98650. Comments also may be emailed to comments-pacificnorthwest-giffordpinchot-mtadams@fs.fed.us.

Dixieland concerts set at three state parks

Band concerts are scheduled July 5 at three state parks in Southwest Washington.

The General’s 7 Dixie Band will play at 10 a.m. at Beacon Rock, 2 p.m. at Battle Ground Lake and 7 p.m. at Cape Disappointment, according to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

The performances are free, but a Discover Pass ($10 day, $30 year) is required for parking at state parks.

Nominees sought for two wildlife panels

OLYMPIA — Nominations will be accepted through July 15 for positions on the state’s Game Management and Wildlife Diversity advisory councils.

Twenty-five members will be appointed by Phil Anderson, state wildlife director, to the Game Management council, which advises the Department of Fish and Wildlife on issues such as hunter access, resource allocation and research.

Seventeen members will be named to the Wildlife Diversity group, which makes recommendations on non-game species ranging from frogs to killer whales.

Nominations must include the following:

Name of the advisory group sought; nominees name, address, telephone number and email address; relevant experiences and reason for wanting to serve; nominees effectiveness in communication; name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Send Game Management nominations to Dave Ware at david.ware@dfw.wa.gov and Wildlife Diversity nominations to Eric Gardner at eric.gardner@dfw.wa.gov.

Nominations by U.S. Postal Service mail can be sent to Ware or Gardner at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501-1091.

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