New stream buffer rules proposed
The Oregon Department of Forestry is holding a series of public hearings and open houses to collect comment on a proposal that would increase stream buffers by 10 feet and approximately double standards for trees left after harvest to protect salmon, steelhead and bull trout in Western Oregon. The proposed rule would affect streams west of the crest of the Cascades but not in the Siskiyou region, are classified as small or medium fish-bearing streams, and are determined to have salmon, steelhead or bull trout. Among the 11 hearings will be those scheduled in Coos Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday (Coos History Center); Florence at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 (Florence Event Center); and Springfield at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 (Willamalane Center). Comments also may be submitted online at RiparianRule@oregon.gov or by mail to Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, Oregon 97310, Attn: "Stream Rules". The board will make a final ruling in April.
Altair winterizes with annual gala
Svein Berg from Berg's Ski & Snowboard Shop will talk about winter gear during the Altair Sports & Social Club's annual "Pray for Powder" Winter Sports Gala beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Vet's Club, 1626 Willamette St. The event is free, and open to those 21 and older, but guests are asked to bring canned food donations. Information about local ski areas will be available, as will merchants who sell outdoor gear and signup tables for trips and activities.
Creswell turkey shoot Saturday
Creswell Clay Target Sports, a nonprofit shotgun club, will hold is annual turkey shoot Saturday at its facility, 81078 N. Pacific Highway, four miles south of downtown Creswell. The event includes trap, skeet, five-stand and sporting clays. Entry fee is $35 for four games, and every entrant is guaranteed to win a turkey. Ear and eye protection is required, no shot size larger than 7.5 and shells are available at the club. For more information, contact Dave Abel at 541-942-2021 or Drabel7@aol.com.
Fall celebration Sunday for Friends
Julie Daniel, former executive director of Bring Recycling, will be the guest speaker during the annual fall celebration for the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave. Her talk is titled "Turtle Flats & the Path from Bootstraps to Best Practices!". The deadline to register for the event, the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year, is Wednesday. For more information, visit http://www.bufordpark.org.
Mushrooms focus of photo class
Nature photographer Dave Stone will teach how to photograph fall mushrooms in a two-part workshop that will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum. The workshop includes a carpool to the Fall Creek area for a field session. Cost is $35 ($30 for arboretum members. Registration is required by calling 541-747-3817 or visiting www.mountpisgaharboretum.com.
Children explore fungus among us
Children 6 to 9 can investigate insects, make art from nature's leftovers and go on a scavenger hunt for fungus during Nearby Nature's No School Day Adventure from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the organization's yurt at Alton Baker Park. The program, titled "Fungus among us," is $45 ($40 for members). To register, phone 541-687-9699, Ext. 2.
Obsidians review Canada adventure
Richard Hughes and Lana Lindstrom will lead a slideshow of their summer adventure in Canada, where they biked the 200-mile Kettle Valley trail in southern British Columbia and hiked in Cathedral Provencial Park, at 7 p.m. Tuesday (today) at the Obsidian Lodge. Directions to the lodge can be found at Obsidians.org. TO SUBMIT EVENTS Submit listings to: Outdoors@registerguard.com. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Bicycling TUESDAY Cycling for Veterans: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Maurice Jacobs Park. Adaptive bike available by calling 541-682-5311. GEARs: 25-50 miles. 9 a.m. Alton Baker Park to route determined at start. For more information, visit eugenegears.org 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 Center, 155 High St., at 10 a.m. Helmets are required. Info: 541-682-5318. THURSDAY GEARs: 35 miles. 9:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Alvadore via Meadowview. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Mike Cantrell at 541-342-7649. SATURDAY GEARs: Distance TBA. 9:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Clearwater to McKenzie View Road. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Paula Erickson at 541-998-8420. GEARs: Distance TBA. 9:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Clearwater to McKenzie View Road. Same ride as above but at a faster pace. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Mike Cantrell at 541-342-7649. SUNDAY GEARs: 57 miles. 9:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Lawrence Road and Butler, two ways. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Jackie Murdoff at 541-345-3941. GEARs: 57 miles. 9:30 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Lawrence Road and Butler, two ways. Same ride as above but at a faster pace. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Jeff Sprague at 541-484-4434. Birding THURSDAY BOGS: 9 a.m. Meet at Campbell Community Center (155 High St.) and leave for Walterville Pond with noon return. All ages and experience welcome. Free but carpool donations appreciated. Spotting scopes will be provided. Bring bird book and binoculars if you have them. Hiking WEDNESDAY Obsidians: Sign up only online at obsidians.org for all Obsidians outings. Obsidians: Amazon Headwaters/Spencer Butte, 6.2 miles, 1,530 feet of elevation gain. FRIDAY Obsidians: Willamette River Loop, 6 miles, 50 feet of elevation gain. SATURDAY Obsidians: Tahkenitch Creek Exploratory, 8.8 miles, 635 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Blanton Heights to Spencer Butte, 9 miles, 2,000 feet of elevation gain. SUNDAY Obsidians: Mt. Pisgah/Full Moon Hike, 3 miles, 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Chuckle Springs, 4.7 miles, 200 feet of elevation gain. Volunteer SATURDAY Eugene Outdoors Volunteer Program: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heron Slough (Willamette River side channel accessible from River Road or West Bank Bike Path). Help remove blackberry and ivy to restore important habitat for birds, fish and reptiles. Dress in sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Call Lorna Baldwin at 541-954-1082 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information. 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: 4-5 miles around town, meet at 10 a.m. at Brail's, 1689 Willamette St. Information: 541-746-6263 or www.altairsports.org Thursday 50-and-older, self-led: Hourlong group walk around neighborhood surrounding Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Road. Meet at 9:30 a.m. 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 4-5 miles around town, meet at 10 a.m. at Allann Brothers Coffee Co., 2465 Hilyard St. Information: 541-746-6263 or www.altairsports.org Saturday Altair Sports: 4 miles on river bike trails. Meet 10 a.m. at Caf Aroma at Valley River Center. Information: 541-343-7893 or www.altairsports.org Mossback Volkssport Club: Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) or 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) routes in Keizer, walk through four Keizer parks and one Salem park along the Willamette River. Meet 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 Safeway, 4990 River Rd at Chemawa Rd, Keizer at 9:30 a.m. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email email@example.com or call 541-726-7169. MONDAY Mossback Volkssport Club: Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) and 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) routes in Springfield, walk and clean up the Eastgate Trail along the Willamette River. Meet 9 a.m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St, in Springfield. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-726-7169.
- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports