Outdoors

Dispatches

Conservation

Ranch owner talks about river restoration

Greg Bulkley will give a presentation on river restoration during Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

Bulkley is former academic surgeon who retired to a ranch in the south-central Oregon high desert about 10 years ago. Teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, he has restored the watershed surrounding the 5 miles of trout streams on his ranch. Together, they have re-created habitat for some large, wild brown and native redband trout.

He will talk about the effort to create partnerships for projects such as this, as well as the fly fishing available in the Klamath Basin.

The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6232 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. An optional $15 dinner is offered before the presentation and the group’s monthly meeting. Learn more at psff.org.

Audubon trip

Mushroom hunters head to Millersylvania

The Black Hills Audubon Society has tentatively set a mushroom hunting trip to Millersylvania State Park for Oct. 18.

The date for the field trip may change, depending on how much rain the area has received and the conditions for mushrooms.

Trip leader Jim Pruske will help participants identify some of the most common mushrooms found in Pacific Northwest conifer and deciduous forests. Among those might be chanterelles, boletes and other edible species.

The foray will run from 9 a.m. to the early afternoon. Participants should meet at the park’s main entrance parking lot. A Discover Pass is needed to enter the park.

Participants should be prepared to walk through damp undergrowth and kneel on wet ground. Bring snacks, lunch, and water, and a basket if you plan to take specimens home.

To sign up, contact Pruske at 360-459-3655 or the Audubon chapter’s office at 360-352-7299.

Fish management

Panel will discuss

Boldt Decision history

The Stream Team in Olympia and Thurston County will host a program looking at the 40-year history of the Boldt Decision and its impact on salmon management today.

Speakers will discuss the treaties between Northwest tribes and the United States, how the courts interpreted the treaty language and how the state and treaty tribes went from being adversaries to co-managers.

Speakers will include Fronda Woods, assistant state attorney general; Jeff Dickison of the Squaxin Island Tribe; Kyle Adicks of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Emmett O’Connell of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

The program will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Registration is encouraged, but not necessary. You can sign up at streamteam.info.

Fundraiser

Estuary association reschedules cruise

Because of engine problems, the South Sound Estuary Association has rescheduled its sixth annual benefit cruise for Oct. 12.

The fundraising event was originally scheduled for Sept. 28, but engine problems onboard My Girl forced the change.

The cruise will be from 2-5 p.m., leaving from the Port Plaza Dock in Olympia.

Tickets are still available, and are $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers. The cost includes food and a talk about plankton. Order tickets at sseacenter.org.

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