Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Boating safety class slated Saturday in Vancouver

Registration is open for a boating safety class beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th Ave.

The course cost $10 per boater.

Offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class continues until 4:45 p.m.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Commercial salmon fisheries to be considered on Tuesday

The Columbia River Compact will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court, to consider fall commercial salmon fishing periods.

The compact will meet several more times during September and October to adjust commercial fisheries as more is known about the strength of the chinook and coho returns to the Columbia River.

Comments sought on Eastern Washington lake treatments

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will accept written comments through Aug. 22 on a proposal to treat three lakes systems in Eastern Washington with rotenone to remove undesirable fish.

The agency is proposing to treat McDowell Lake in Stevens County, the Hampton Lake chain and Sago, Hourglass, and Widgeon Lakes in Grant County this fall to remove species including bass, bullhead, stunted panfish and tench.

The Hampton Chain is made up of Upper and Lower Hampton Lake, Hampton Slough, Hen Lake, Dabbler Lake, Marie Lake and Juvenile Lake.

The goal is to restore trout populations by removing competing species.

Comments should be sent to Bruce Bolding, WDFW, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501-1091.

Rotenone is an organic substance derived from tropical plants. It suffocates fish.

Bills introduced to increase price of federal duck stamp

Legislation has been introduced into Congress to increase the price of a federal duck stamp from the current $15 to $25.

The Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 has been introduced into both the House of Representatives and Senate.

The price was increased last in 1991, making the past 23 years the longest period without an increase in the program’s history.

Ducks Unlimited issued a statement in strong support of the price jump, saying the stamp’s buying power in the lowest in the 80-year history of the program.

Waterfowl hunters nationwide must buy the stamp. The stamp has raised more than $900 million used to protect nearly 6 million acres of wildlife habitat.

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