Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Klineline Pond to close for youth event

Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park will closed to fishing on Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will plant the pond with trout in a netted area along the shore on Friday for an annual Boy Scouts of America event on Saturday.

After the fishing event, crews need time to remove the nets.

Fly-casting session slated June 1 at Blue Lake Park

PORTLAND — The Stonefly Maidens Women Fly Fishing Club will sponsor a beginner’s fly-casting workshop June 1 at Blue Lake Park.

The fee is $25 and lunch and gear are provided. No fishing license is needed.

Registration closes on May 24.

To register, or for more information, email castingclinic@stoneflymaidens.org.

Event scheduled May 11 at Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

TOUTLE — Teachers and students are invited by the Forest Service to visit the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater on May 11.

Tours of the center at Coldwater Ridge will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to tell about the facilities and programs for education groups.

Monument scientist Peter Frenzen will give a presentation of “33 Years of Landscape Change and the Return of Life” at 11 a.m. in the center’s theater.

At 12:30 p.m., Frenzen will lead a two-hour ecology hike on 2.3-mile Hummocks trail. The hike will begin at the Hummocks parking lot.

The non-profit Mount St. Helens Institute will have a fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 11 at Johnston Ridge Observatory, a few miles east of Coldwater. The event is free for teachers, youth age 15 and younger, and federal recreation pass holders, including an annual Northwest Forest Pass.

Johnston Ridge opens for the season on May 12.

Sportsman sought for state boating panel

OLYMPIA — Washington’s State Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for an experienced hunter or fisherman who uses a boat in their sport to serve on the Boating Safety Advisory Council.

The deadline for applying is Wednesday. The appointment will be made in May and serve through 2015.

The council advises the commission on its boating safety program.

Members meet four times a year at the state park’s headquarters building, 1111 Israel Road S.W. Tumwater. Meetings this year will be May 16, Sept. 26, and Nov. 21.

To request an application, contact the boating safety program at P.O. Box 42654, Olympia, 98504-2650, email doni.thomas@parks.wa.gov or call 360-902-8832.

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