Outdoors

Dispatches

Centro series

Hiker to share stories from trek along PCT

Kitt Mullikin will start the Centro Speaker Series when he gives a presentation on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on Wednesday.

Mullikin spent the spring and much of the summer hiking the trail, starting at the Mexican border and hiking into Northern California. He and his hiking partner opted to return to Olympia, in part because of the summer heat and threat of wildfires.

The other speakers scheduled to be part of the series are Ian Shopland on Oct. 8, Corey Thompson on Oct. 22, and Nov. 5 will feature Sherpa adventure stories.

All the programs take place at Centro, 408 Olympia Ave. NE, Olympia. For information, call 360-943-1997.

Trout Unlimited

Speaker will dicuss threat of ghost nets

Dale Thoemke will give a presentation on ghost nets at Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Thoemke’s presentation, titled “Locating, Identifying and Removing Ghost Nets,” looks at the methods of locating and removing ghost fishing nets in a step-by-step approach.

Ghost nets are lost or abandoned nets that continue to capture and drown fish and other sea life, and snag other fishing gear.

Thoemke, owner of TMkey Film/Research, and his team locate such nets and determine the best ways to remove them.

Involved in the issue for 20 years, his firm works to protect the state’s natural resources by removing ghost nets. The company also lobbies for habitat restoration and cleanup. To date, 6 tons of beach debris, more than 300 sea birds, and 1,200 fish have been recovered from 230 gill net bundles, according to a chapter news release.

Refreshments and a fishing equipment raffle will follow the presentation.

The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

Hiking

Celebrate completion of Mailbox Peak Trail

A grand opening to celebrate the new Mailbox Peak Trail will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The event is a way to honor all those who spent part of the past two years working on the new trail.

Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is scheduled to be there along with officials from REI and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

After the ceremony, attendees are asked to volunteer to help finish some of the remaining trail improvements. The minimum age is 14, and work or hiking boots, and long pants required.

The celebration will take place at the Mailbox Peak Trailhead.

To get to the trailhead, take Exit 34 from Interstate 90, then head north on 468th Avenue Southeast for about 0.5 mile. Turn right onto Southeast Middle Fork Road and follow it for 2.2 miles to the stop sign at the Southeast Dorothy Lake Road intersection. Head left onto Southeast Middle Fork Road and drive 0.3 miles. Take the turnoff to the trailhead on the right.

For more information, or to sign up, go to mtsgreenway.org.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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