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BLM proposesfee increases

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment on several proposed fee increases, including some that would double the basic campsite fees at Clay Creek, Sharps Creek and Whittaker Creek campgrounds to $20 per night by 2019.

Basic campsite fees are $10 at Clay Creek and Whittaker Creek, and $8 at Sharps Creek. Fees would rise to $15 at those sites in 2017 and to $20 in 2019.

Higher fees are needed for increased maintenance costs, according to the BLM, which says fees at those sites have not been raised in the past 20 years. The agency says the proposed fees will allow it to improve services and add amenities.

The BLM also is proposing increases at the Shotgun Creek Recreation Day-Use Area, including an increase from $3 to $5 for day-use vehicles with up to nine passengers and an increase of $3 to $25 for a bus of more than 20 people.

The agency also is looking for comment on a proposed annual Northwest Oregon BLM Pass that would be used at all day-use sites within the Eugene and Salem districts where fees are charged for passenger vehicles and motorcycles, except Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The pass would cost $30 but could also be obtained by contributing at least 12 hours of volunteer service in the Northwest Oregon District each year. A day-use pass would be $5.

Send comments to Dan Davis, BLM recreation planner, via e-mail at or by phone to 503-315-5935. Additional information is available online at

Time to go climb an old oak tree

For those who have always wanted to climb into the canopy of a centuries-old Oregon white oak, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and the Eugene Parks and Recreation Department have teamed to offer the chance. The drop-in tree climb is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the arboretum. Climbing instruction and safety equipment will be provided, and cost is $15. There will be three one-hour sessions.

Naturalist leads Siltcoos walks

Naturalist Dale Dombrowski, a volunteer with the Siuslaw National Forest and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will lead two upcoming bird walks at Siltcoos Beach south of Florence. The walks will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Siltcoos Beach parking area. The walk will cross over the dune to the beach and will last 90 minutes or longer. Dogs are not allowed, and participants, who must be 12 or older, should bring binoculars, water, sunscreen and clothing appropriate for the weather. RSVP to

LEarn how to paddleboard

An introduction to stand-up paddleboarding will be offered by the UO Outdoor Program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Participants can sign up for the class at the OP Barn or call 541-346-4371 to reserve a spot. The cost is $40 and includes transportation and gear rental. Veteran stand-up paddleboarders are also welcome. For more information, visit or contact Ethan Wyman at 781-315-2105 or at

hike with a ranger at Bachelor

The public is invited to attend volunteer ranger talks and to hike with a ranger at Mount Bachelor near Bend through Sept. 4. Ranger talks are offered daily at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Talks are 20 to 30 minutes long. Hike with a Ranger is offered Wednesday through Sunday at 2 p.m. The hike is moderate and takes 40 to 60 minutes. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes and bring water for the hike. Both events are at Pine Marten Lodge, and visitors must purchase a lift ticket to get to the lodge. TO SUBMIT EVENTS Submit listings to: All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Bicycling TUESDAY GEARs: 25-50 miles. 8:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to route determined at start. Riding some hills. Bring food. For more information, visit or call Jackie Murdoff at 541-345-3941. Wednesday Eugene Adult Service: In-town ride of varying length for seniors, every Wednesday starting at Campbell Community Cen-ter, 155 High St., at 9:30 a.m. Helmets required. Info: 541-682-5318. THURSDAY GEARs: 35 miles. 8:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to McKenzie View Drive and Sunderman Road. Rolling terrain with a few short, steep climbs. For more information, visit or call Garry Swanson at 541-726-3997. GEARs: 20-30 miles. 6 p.m. Alton Baker Park to route determined at start. Women-only ride. Bring food. For more information, visit or call Paula Erickson at 541-953-2894. Saturday GEARs: 41 miles. 8:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Doane Road to Briggs Hill Road. Moderate rolling terrain with steeper, longer climbs. Bring food. For more information, visit or call Garry Swanson at 541-726-3997. GEARs: 41 miles. 8:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Doane Road to Briggs Hill Road. Same ride as above but at a faster pace. Moderate rolling terrain with steeper, longer climbs. Bring food. For more information, visit or call Steve Hecker at 541-954-1161. TUESDAY, Aug. 23 GEARs: 25-50 miles. 8:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to route determined at start. Riding some hills. Bring food. For more information, visit or call Jackie Murdoff at 541-345-3941. Events SATURDAY Lane County Audobon: 8 a.m. Third Saturday Bird Walk. Meet at South Eugene High parking lot. Noon return. Site and leader to be determined. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free but a $3 donation is appreciated. For more information, call Jim Maloney at 541-968-9249 or email SUNDAY Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monthly bird walk for people with all levels of birding experience. Discover the Arboretum's avian diversity. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Option to continue walk until noon for those interested. Rain or shine. $5 for non-members, free for members. Hiking WEDNESDAY Obsidians: Sign up only online at for all Obsidians outings. Obsidians: Amazon Headwaters/Spencer Butte, 6.2 miles, 1,530 feet of elevation gain. THURSDAY Obsidians: Obsidians: Mt. Pisgah Sunset/Half Moon Rise, 3 miles, 1,000 feet of elevation gain. FRIDAY Obsidians: Duffy Lake, 13.6 miles, 1,850 feet of elevation gain. SATURDAY Obsidians: Black Crater, 8 miles, 2,500 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Three Fingered Jack, 11 miles, 3,000 feet of elevation gain. SUNDAY Obsidians: Spring Blvd. to Spencer Butte, 9 miles, 1,700 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Pair O'Cones, 16 miles, 2,700 feet of elevation gain. Volunteer SATURDAY Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Work removal party along Water Garden trails removing reed canary grass along the wetland causeways and bridges. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Tools, gloves and a parking pass will be provided. RSVP to if you plan to attend. 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 10 a.m. at Brail's, 1689 Willamette St. Information: 541-746-6263. Thursday 50-plus, self-led: Hourlong 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 Center: 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. Mossback Volkssport Club: Moderate 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) or 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) routes in Toledo. Walk by the Yaquina River on gravel paths and boardwalks, enjoying the Wooden Boat Festival and Toledo Railroad Museum, then explore the old mill houses and both sides of Toledo's old neighborhoods. Meet at 7 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 Toledo Elks Lodge, 123 S.E. Alder St., Toledo at 9 a.m. For details visit, email or call 541-726-7169.

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