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Oregon Bass and Panfish Club to meet Aug. 28 in Portland

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Bill Ramsour and Dennis Isaacson will discuss fishing from the shore.

The public is welcome.

Marine band radio course scheduled for Saturday

A course on marine band radio use will be taught beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Clark County Public Works complex, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Building B-1.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will teach the class.

The cost is $10. To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503 799-5250.

Discover Pass not needed Monday at state parks

OLYMPIA — Visitors will not need a Discover Pass on Monday to visit state parks in Washington.

The free-admission day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established in 1916.

The Discover Pass costs $10 per day or $30 per season and is required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass still will be required Monday on state DNR and Fish and Wildlife lands.

Two more free days at state parks are scheduled on Sept. 27 and Nov. 11.

Deadline Sept. 30 to apply for conservation easements

OLYMPIA — Washington landowners have until Sept. 30 to apply for permanent conservation easements through the Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program.

Since 2002, the state Department of Natural Resources has invested $3.9 million to purchase easements.

Easements for habitat used by threatened or endangered species is eligible plus easements from willing sellers who property includes areas where a river’s active channel meanders.

These islands of timber have high ecological value to species like salmon and steelhead.

Instructions and applications have been prepared for both the channel migration zone and critical habitat categories and are available on DNR’s web page: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/OtherIndustryLandownerResources/Pages/riparian_open_space_program.aspx 

Properties accepted into the program are ranked in priority for funding. Landowners whose easements are not purchased during the 2013-2015 state budgeting biennium will be offered the opportunity to be considered when future funding becomes available.

Landowners who wish to learn more about the program may reach Dan Pomerenk, RHOSP director, at 360-902-1427 or by email at dan.pomerenk@dnr.wa.gov.

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