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Weyerhaeuser closes lands

Citing "uncharacteristically dry weather," the Weyerhaeuser Co. has temporarily closed about 468,000 acres of its timberlands in Western Oregon to all recreational and public access, effective immediately. The closure includes Weyerhaeuser tree farms in the Bellfountain, Cheshire, Coburg Hills, Cottage Grove, Holley, Marcola, Mohawk, Monroe and Springfield areas. For updated access information, call the company's toll-free Hunter and Recreational Access Hotline at (888) 741-5403.

Whale Watch activities begin

Don't look now (even though whales are there) because Oregon's official "Spring Whale Watch Week" activities don't begin until Saturday. More than 200 trained volunteers will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19-26 at 28 official "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites. Whale Watch volunteers provide tips on how to spot the big mammals and information about their annual migration from lagoons in Mexico to their summer feeding waters off Alaska.

Arboretum needs nature guides

Mount Pisgah Arboretum needs volunteers who enjoy working with kids and are willing to be trained to serve as nature guides. Mount Pisgah nature guides lead groups of six to eight elementary school students on tours exploring the arboretum's forest, meadows, river and pond environments. Guide training begins March 29. Details: 747-1504.

Rapids race signup under way

Registration is under way for The Race Over the Rapids, an April 2-3 whitewater event that raises money for children's charities in the Roseburg area. In addition to its traditional six-person team rafting event, the race this year is adding kayak, canoe and one-man raft races. Human-powered paddle events will be run on the North Umpqua River, and jetboat races will be held on the South Umpqua. Details, registration: Ron Ellsworth, (541) 677-0844 or Bill Blodgett, (541) 496-3333.

Program features Indian Ocean

The natural history of tropical Indian Ocean islands ranging from the Andamans to Zanzibar will be the focus of a Lane County Audubon Society presentation Tuesday. Nature guide Bob Fleming's talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Youth turkey clinics offered

The Emerald Empire Gun Club near Marcola will be one of four sites in Oregon to host youth turkey hunting clinics on April 2. The clinics will be conducted by the National Wild Turkey Federation, Oregon Hunters Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Details: Colleen Till, (503) 947-6015, or colleen.till@state.or.us.

Commission meets in Coquille

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday in Coquille to discuss 2005 ocean salmon seasons, a recent deer and elk hunter survey and an archery hunting review committee. The public meeting will be held at the Coquille Community Center, 115 N. Birch St. Commission members also will host an informal public reception at 7 tonight in the community center.
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Title Annotation:Recreation; NEWS & NOTES
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 17, 2005
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