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Out & About: Coastal Conservation Association to meet Feb. 11

By , Columbian staff writer

The southwest Washington chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will hold its monthly members meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Camas Meadows Golf Club.

The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

WDFW seeks comments on hunting rules for 2020-2021

Do you have an idea or opinion about the Washington hunting rules? If so, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking your comments.

Starting today and running through Feb. 26, the WDFW will accept written public comments on hunting rules and regulations for 2020-2021. The forms for the comments are available on the department’s website.

Most of the WDFW proposed changes involve the numbers of special permits as well as hunting area descriptions. There are more substantial proposals, including options for cougar season setting, that are under consideration.

“We encourage everyone interested in the upcoming hunting seasons to check the proposed changes and send us your comments,” said WDFW game division manager Anis Aoude in a news release.

The Commission will also accept public comment on the recommendations at its March 13-14 meeting in Kennewick. Final action will be taken by the Commission at a public meeting April 10-11 in Olympia.

State accepting grant applications for outdoor and conservation projects

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will be accepting applications for grants to build trails, parks, ball fields, boat moorage, and wildlife conservation projects, as well as working forests and farms this February.

The next opportunity to apply for these grants will be in 2022.

There will be an online workshop by the RCO to inform citizens about the grant application requirements and opportunities from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 13. Register online for this free workshop.

“These grant programs give cities, counties, tribes, land trusts, state agencies and others the ability to improve their communities,” said RCO director Kaleen Cottingham in a news release.

“The grants also contribute to Washington’s outdoor economy. These grants are key to not only giving people great places to enjoy their favorite outdoor activity but to helping Washington’s economy stay strong.”

The RCO will begin accepting applications on February 13 for the following kinds of projects:

• Boat moorage

• Parks

• Trails

• Working farmland

• Working forests

• Wildlife conservation.

Funding for these grants come from federal and state sources. Grant applications are due by May 1. More information is available at RCO’s website.

Contact: Susan Zemek 360-902-3081.

ODFW monitoring cougar activity in The Dalles

The ODFW is monitoring reports of cougars close to the city limits of The Dalles, Ore., in the Columbia River Gorge. Big cats that are seen in town in daylight, or that have been preying on pets or livestock, are considered a safety risk.

The ODFW asks residents that spot cougars in town to immediately call the local office at 541-296-4628, or The Dalles police department if it is after office hours.

The department also advises the public to feed their pets inside, and keep them in at night when there is cougar activity nearby.

For more tips on living with cougars, visit the ODFW website.

Columbian staff writer