Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Help needed to finish Ape Cave viewpoint trail

COUGAR — Volunteers are needed for work parties on Sept. 14 and 28 to complete a new one-mile trail from Ape Cave to a viewpoint on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

Workers have a few hundred feet left to build. The goal is to have the trail finished by October.

To register or for more information go online to www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties, call Ryan Ojerio at 360-722-2657 or email him at ryan@wta.org.

The trail is a joint effort of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington Trails Association and Mount St. Helens Institute.

Walk-in access open on St. Helens Tree Farm

TOUTLE — Weyerhaeuser Co. is allowing walk-in access at its St. Helens Tree Farm in Southwest Washington.

For the most recent information on access to Weyerhaeuser lands, go online to www.wy.com/accesswa or call 866-636-6531.

Crown named state wildlife enforcement chief

OLYMPIA — Steve Crown, a lieutenant in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife law enforcement program, has been promoted to serve as program chief.

Crown replaces Bruce Bjork, who is retiring after 43 years of state service and 15 as leader of the wildlife enforcement program.

Crown graduated from the University of Idaho and spent 11 years with the Wenatchee Police Department before joining the wildlife agency in 2002.

Bjork helped establish the department as a general authority police agency and was instrumental in passage of legislation increasing penalties for violations such as spree killing and poaching trophy-class big-game animals.

Boating safety class scheduled Sept. 28 in Hazel Dell

A boating safety class is scheduled Sept. 28 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operation Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room B-1.

The course, which includes instruction from the Clark County Sheriff’s marine patrol, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

For more information, contact the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 78, at 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

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