Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Winter steelhead fishing seminar slated Nov. 21 at Fishermen’s

PORTLAND — A free seminar on winter steelhead fishing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Fishermen’s Marine and Outdoor, 1120 N. Hayden Meadows Drive.

Ed Fast and Dave Harding with discuss run timing and angling methods.

Gifford Pinchot Christmas tree permits on sale starting Nov. 13

Permits to harvest a Christmas tree from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Permits cost $5 per tree at ranger district offices in Trout Lake, Randle and Chelatchie; forest headquarters at 10600 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver, and several commercial vendors.

The Mount Adams and Cowlitz Valley ranger district offices are open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The forest headquarters and Mount St. Helens office are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

A maximum of five permits are sold per household. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is closed and the permits are not refundable.

Updates on forest road conditions can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot.

Personalized license plates mark 40th anniversary in state

OLYMPIA — Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of passage of Referendum 33, which created personalized license plates with the money going to help Washington’s wildlife.

The measure passed with 62.6 percent.

Revenue from personalized license plants has grown to more than $2 million annually to a program that oversees management of all species that are not hunted, fished or trapped.

“These funds have been instrumental in the management of bald eagles, sea otters and marbled murrelets, just to name a few,’’ said Eric Gardner of the Wildlife Diversity program.

Commission to consider central Washington habitat acquisition

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday and Saturday to consider a land acquisition of almost 5,500 acres adjacent to the state’s L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, 35 miles northwest of Yakima, plus purchase of a 589-acre inholding in the Wenas Wildlife Area.

The citizen panel will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days in Room No. 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E.

A public comment period also is scheduled on a proposed salmon management policy for Grays Harbor. The new policy will give sport and commercial fishermen a clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year.

An agenda for the meeting is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html.