Port installs floating restroom
The Port of Siuslaw is giving boaters a place where they can, well, go. After a nearly two-year process, the port will install a floating restroom just upstream from Old Town.
The facility is expected to help relieve congestion at the two-lane boat ramp and at the land-based restrooms.
The port received a grant in 2013 to purchase and install the restroom, with the majority of funding provided by a federal Clean Vessel Act grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The estimated cost of the entire project is $65,000.
The restroom will be available seasonally for use from June through October. A floating restroom will better serve boaters during the heaviest crabbing and fishing seasons, and is available for all forms of boaters, from paddlers to cruisers.
Floating restrooms statewide captured more than 16,000 gallons of sewage in 2015.
Long Tom project to be toured
The Long Tom Watershed Council will lead a Saturday tour of a project that improved oak savanna and streamside vegetation at a working ranch in the Coyote Creek basin.
The tour is part of the "Howdy Neighbor Tour" organized by the Lane County Small Woodlands Association that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bauman Tree Farm, 84289 Territorial Hwy.
Project tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Other event sessions include such topics as how to manage a tree farm for wildlife habitat, forest health and forest economics. Morning coffee/tea and snacks, and lunch will be provided.
To RSVP, contact Lindsay Reaves at 541-746-8990 or email@example.com by Wednesday.
hunters bump up poaching reward
The Oregon Hunters Association has announced it will offer an additional $5,000 to increase the reward to as much as $15,050 for information leading to whoever poached a bighorn sheep that was discovered along Interstate 84 on April 10.
The local Emerald Valley Chapter of OHA has pledged $500 toward the reward, which is one the largest ever offered for a poaching case in Oregon.
The Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with information on the incident to phone 541-705-5330 or 1-800-452-7888. A caller can remain anonymous and still collect the reward.
Society field trip explores meadows
Emily Steel of Eugene parks and open space and Ed Miesen will lead a Native Plant Society field trip to South Eugene Meadows City Park, a 200-acre natural area in the Ridgeline Park System, at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Recent major restoration has improved the condition of oak and upland prairie habitats in the park.
The trek will cover two to three miles on foot paths and occasionally through vegetation.
Participants should meet at South Eugene High, 19th and Patterson. For more information, call 541-345-5531.
Obsidians discuss Butterlflies
Naturalist Rick Ahrens will deliver a presentation on local butterflies at the Obsidian Lodge at 7 p.m. Tuesday (today).
The program will examine most of the common species and a few rare ones, life cycles, ecology and where to look.
Directions to the lodge can be found at www.obsidians.org.
Popular coast trail to reopen
The Amanda Trail, a scenic part of the Oregon Coast Trail that stretches 3.4 miles from Yachats to the top of Cape Perpetua, will officially reopen to the public at 1 p.m. Saturday following a five-month closure.
The popular trail was closed in December following a massive mud and debris slide that washed away a bridge on the path. To submit events Submit listings to: Outdoors@registerguard.com. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Bicycling TUESDAY GEARs: 48 miles. Meet at Alton Baker at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to start at McKenzie Bridge River Station and then ride to the Highway 242 observatory and back. Weather dependent, check eugenegears.org for alternate route. RSVP to Jackie Murdoff at at 541-345-3941 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cycling for Veterans: From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Maurice Jacobs Park at the southeast corner of the parking lot off Fir Lane. Open to all veterans and their friends and families. Adaptive bikes available by calling 541-682-5311. For more information, call Ree at 541-337-3710. SATURDAY Beyond Toxics: West Eugene wetland tour. 10 a.m. Meet at Mountain Rose Herbs, 4020 Stewart Road. Free. Bicycles and helmets will be provided upon request. For more information, call Krystal Abrams at 541-465-8860. Wednesday Eugene Adult Service: In-town ride of varying length for seniors, every Wednesday starting at Campbell Community Center, 155 High St., at 9:30 a.m. Helmets required. Info: 541-682-5318. FRIDAY Obsidians: Sign up only online at obsidians.org for all Obsidians outings. Obsidians: 28 miles. Parvin Covered Bridge. 250 feet of elevation gain. SATURDAY and Sunday McKenzie Pass Bike Tour: Ride over the Cascades to Smith Rock. The van-supported bike trip follows two scenic bikeways with camping in Sisters. Register at GetRec.org. For additional information, email: email@example.com. Birding TUESDAY, June 7-Thursday June 9 Obsidians: Summer Lake. Bus trip. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Events SATURDAY Native Plant Society: Field trip to South Eugene Meadows Park. Emily Steel of Eugene Parks and Open Space and Ed Miesen will lead a tour of the 200-acre natural area in the Ridgeline Park System. The park has recently undergone major restoration. Walk 2-3 miles on foot paths and through some vegetation. Meet at 9 a.m. at South Eugene High School. For more information, call 541-345-5531. Hiking WEDNESDAY Obsidians: Amazon Headwaters to Spencer Butte, 6.2 miles, 1,530 feet elevation gain. Friends of Buford Park: Northern portion of Buford Park. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friends of Buford Park stewardship coordinator Jason Blazar will lead a 1.5-mile loop hike through recently enhanced oak savanna and other habitat types. 800 feet of elevation gain. Registration required at www.bufordpark.org/tours or by calling 541-344-8350. FRIDAY Obsidians: Mount Pisgah. 8 miles. 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Smith Rock. 12.8 miles. SATURDAY Obsidians: Mount June (Lost Creek Trail). 6.5 miles. 1,850 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Blanton Heights to Spencer Butte, 9 miles. 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Skinner Butte/Art Walk. 4 miles. 200 feet of elevation gain. SUNDAY Obsidians: Crescent Mountain. 10 miles. 2,200 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Tamolitch Pool, 4.2 miles. 200 feet of elevation gain. MONDAY Obsidians: Vivian Lake. 8 miles. 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Trail Maintenance WEDNESDAY Obsidians: National Trails Day, 2 miles, 500 feet of elevation gain. Walking Monday, Wednesday & Friday Steppers Walking Group: For those 50-plus, casual 30- to 60-minute walk through Island Park, leaves Willamalane Adult Center at 8:30 a.m. Info: 541-736-4444. Tuesday & Thursday Whippets Walking Group: For those 50-plus, a moderate to brisk pace for one hour, leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Willamalane Adult Center in Springfield. Wednesday Altair Sports Club: 5-6 miles around town, meet at 9 a.m. at Brail's, 1689 Willamette St. Information: 541-746-6263. Thursday 50-plus, self-led: Hour-long group walk around neighborhood surrounding Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Road. Meet at 9:30 a.m. For those 50 or older. Friday Campbell Community Cen-ter: Walk 'n' Talkers group is self-led for 3-5 miles every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., leaving from 155 High St. Info: 541-682-5318. Altair Sports Club: About 4 miles around town, meet at 9 a.m. at Allann Brothers Coffee Co., 2465 Hilyard St. Information: 541-746-6263. Saturday Altair Sports: 4-5 miles on river bike trails. Meet 9 a.m. at Caf Aroma at Valley River Center. Information: 541-343-7893. TUESDAY Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 5K (3.1-mile) and moderate 10K (6.2-mile) routes in Florence, around two sides of Honeyman State Park along the shores of two lakes - Woahink and Cleawox - and through a beautiful and peaceful park setting, with most of the stone buildings and other work in this park created by the Works Project Administration in the 1930s. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, in Eugene to carpool ($5 for car expenses), or meet the group at the Sportsman, 249 Hwy 101, Florence at 9:45 a.m. For details, visit www.mossbacks.org, email email@example.com or call 541-726-7169. SATURDAY Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 5K (3.1-mile) or 10K (6.2-mile) routes in Champoeg. Walk on natural and paved park trails through early Oregon history where in 1843 the pioneers voted to be part of the growing western movement of the United States instead of Canada. There is a DAR Pioneer Mothers cabin and many markers where streets of this town once stood. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., in Springfield to carpool ($5 for car expenses), or meet the group at Champoeg State Heritage Area, 8229 Champoeg Rd NE, St. Paul at 9:30 a.m. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-726-7169. SATURDAY, June 11 Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 5K (3.1-mile) or 10K (6.2-mile) routes in Portland for the Rose Festival, walk one 5K loop in the Hawthorne and Belmont Districts with their unique shops and small restaurants and the other 5K loop crossing the Hawthorne Bridge passing the Dragon Boat Races, Rose Festival Fun Center, Saturday Market, then crossing the Burnside Bridge with great views of the Rose Parade. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., in Springfield to carpool ($10 for car expenses), or meet the group at the Green Dragon Brew Pub, 928 SE 9th Ave., Portland at 10:15 a.m. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email email@example.com or call 541-726-7169.
- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports