Adventure briefs for May 23

Gifford Pinchot

National Forest holds travel plan meeting

A meeting Wednesday in Randle is one in a series of meetings at which officials are sharing the draft travel analysis report for Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Forest staff will provide information on how the draft report was developed, answer questions, and have the report available for review.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Randle Fire Hall, U.S. Highway 12.

A meeting was held last week in Stevenson and another will be held Thursday at forest headquarters in Vancouver, Washington.

The travel analysis process is part of the 2005 Travel Management Rule. It requires forests to provide a safe road system that is both financially and environmentally sustainable and can realistically be maintained, according to a news release. The draft travel analysis report displays where to prioritize investments in forest road infrastructure and maintenance.

Information gathered during the past three years through community meetings and a questionnaire helped forest staffers better understand public road use and to access needs.

Information about the travel analysis process can be found on at tinyurl.com/klzrmhh.


Class will teach students to bird by listening

The Black Hills Audubon Society will offers its “Birding By Ear” class Friday (May 29).

The instructor is long-time birder Paul Hicks, who has been birding by ear since high school.

Many birders find birding by ear particularly challenging, yet it opens up a new dimension of identifying birds. Hicks will introduce this method to beginners as well as help enhance the skills of more advanced birders. The class will focus on song recognition. While not highly technical, homework and practice will be assigned.

The lecture/discussion session will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by an early morning field trip either June 6 or 12 (or possibly June 15).

Participants are encouraged to bring field guides, gadgets or apps that they have found helpful. The class costs $10.

The lecture will be held at Grace Community Covenant Church, 5501 Wiggins Road SE, Olympia.

The lecture is limited to 24 participants to allow for two smaller field trip groups. Preregistration is required. To register, contact education chairwoman Mary Russell at greenbird321@msn.com or 360-357-6863.


More comments sought on Willapa salmon plan

Another public comment period on a new draft policy to improve salmon management in Willapa Bay will run through June 3.

State fishery managers have been working since October to develop draft options for a new policy for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries. The revised policy includes provisions to conserve wild salmon, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the bay, according to a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.

The policy is available at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/willapa_bay_salmon. Written comments may be submitted via email to willapabay@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Steve Thiesfeld, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

At its April meeting, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission asked the department to provide options that would immediately accelerate the recovery of natural-origin chinook salmon. Staffers have developed two new options, bringing the total under consideration to five.

The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the policy and is expected to take action at the meeting June 13 in Olympia.

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