Outdoors

Adventure briefs for March 14

Education

Basic boating course will start March 18

The Tacoma Power Squadron, Tacoma Yacht Club and Metro Parks Tacoma are partnering to present a basic boating course that will start March 18.

The course is the traditional offering of the United States Power Squadrons. It is designed as an introduction to legal and safe power and sail boating. The instruction in this basic boating course is the best way to learn the basics of safe boating and meet the requirements for mandatory Washington State Boaters Education card, according to class organizers.

The instructor will be Stanley Wolfe.

The classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15 at Point Defiance Marina, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma.

The cost is $50, and is required by Friday. The fee includes a student manual, CD and an introductory navigation software CD from RosePoint Navigation.

Register for the class at metroparkstacoma.net.

Conservation

Nisqually Tribe seeks ideas for salmon grants

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is seeking grant proposals for salmon habitat restoration and protection projects in the Nisqually River watershed.

Slightly more than $1.8 million in federal and state funds are available for habitat restoration projects, land acquisitions or assessments that will lead to projects. The tribe is the lead entity coordinating the solicitation and ranking of projects for the watershed.

Eligible project proposals will be ranked by the Nisqually River Council and submitted to the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board for consideration. Projects that match high priority actions and geographic areas in the watershed’s salmon recovery strategy will have the best chance of receiving a high ranking and funding, according to a news release from the tribe.

Interested parties must submit a Letter of Intent to the Nisqually Tribe’s Natural Resources Office by March 27. Completed applications are due May 13. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Ashley Von Essen, Salmon Recovery Coordinator for the Nisqually Tribe Natural Resources at 360-456-5221, Ext. 2145 or vonessen.ashley@nisqually-nsn.gov to get information about the salmon recovery strategy and other application information.

Fishing, hunting

State licenses will expire at month’s end

This might a good time to consider buying a 2015-16 fishing and hunting license before current licenses expire at midnight March 31.

The costs of fishing and hunting licenses currently remain the same as last year. All fees included, a resident adult freshwater fishing license is $29.50, saltwater is $30.05 and a combination license is $54.25.

Resident hunting licenses vary with package options, ranging from a small-game license at $40.50 to a deer/elk/cougar/bear combination license for $95.50.

Most annual licenses include a state Department of Fish and Wildlife vehicle access pass, which gives people access to more than 700 department-managed water access sites. Or, for $30 plus fees, individuals can purchase an annual Discover Pass, which also provides vehicle access to state parks and other state lands.

Fishing licenses, hunting licenses and the Discover Pass are all available at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by phone at 866-246-9453 and from license dealers around the state.

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

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