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Out and About: Local conservation group to hold monthly meeting


The Southwest Washington chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will hold its monthly members meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at the Camas Meadows Golf Club.

Veteran’s Day razor clam digs approved

Razor clam diggers may take to the beaches for seven days of evening digs starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The digs were approved after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted marine toxin tests to make sure the clams are safe to eat.

The upcoming digs are scheduled for the dates and low tides listed below:

• Nov. 11, Monday, 5:51 pm, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Nov. 12, Tuesday, 6:27 pm, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Nov. 13, Wednesday, 7:03 pm, -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Nov. 14, Thursday, 7:41 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Nov. 15, Friday, 8:22 pm, -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Nov. 16, Saturday, 9:08 pm, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Nov. 17, Sunday, 9:59 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed before noon when low tides occur in the evening during approved digs.

“We are encouraging people to get out there with family and friends to experience razor clam digging, one of Washington’s oldest and greatest traditions,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager in a news release.

For a list of proposed razor clam digs through December, see the WDFW razor clams web page. Final approval of all tentatively scheduled digs is dependent on marine toxin tests. If the clams are safe to eat the WDFW will approve the digs.

“Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark,” Ayres continued.

WDFW is also asking for razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on whether it’s best to use a clam gun or a shovel to dig razors. To vote in favor of one or the other, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the season

Diggers age 15 or older must have a 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Clamming licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website, and from license vendors around the state.

Forest Road 90: expect one-hour delays

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be repairing a nail soil wall using heavy equipment along Forest Road 90 causing delays of up to one hour for motorists. The work will take place at milepost 11.7 on weekdays Nov. 11-22 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.