LANE'S OUTDOOR TOTAL: $55 MILLION
Wondering what Lane County's outdoors pursuits are worth?
According to an economic impact study released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, $54,959,346 was spent in Lane County on outdoor travel-related activities in 2008. That's out of the $2.5 billion spent in Oregon on travel for fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and shellfishing, according to expenditure estimates calculated by Dean Runyan Associates of Portland.
Of the four types of recreation studied, fishing was the most popular in Lane County, with 55.8 percent of the total expenditures spent.
Hunting was second at 22.1 percent, following by wildlife viewing (19.7) and shellfishing (2.3).
However, significantly more was spent locally on travel for wildlife viewing - 50.1 percent of the total, or about $27.5 million.
Expenditures surveyed for travel include accommodations, food, retail, ground transportation and other related expenses.
The survey was commissioned by Travel Oregon and ODFW to give state officials an idea of how outdoor recreation money is spend. The survey found that $1 billion was spent in Oregon on recreational trips, and $1.5 billion on equipment and activity-related purchases at Oregon-based retailers and suppliers.
Overall, the survey showed that nearly 2.8 million Oregon residents and nonresidents participated in fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and shellfish harvesting last year. Of that total, 631,000 fished, 282,000 hunted, 175,000 harvested shellfish and 1.7 million participated in outdoor recreation where wildlife viewing was a planned activity.
A detailed breakdown of the study is available at www.deanrunyan.com.
UO TEAM ADVANCES TO WAKEBOARD FINAL
The University of Oregon club wakeboarding team placed third at a regional competition Nov. 14 at San Diego and qualified for the national finals for the first time.
The UO team edged San Diego State for the last qualifying spot. Josh Philips was second in the beginners division, and Madison Luell and Laura McNary took second and third, respectively, in the women's division. The national event will be held in Austin, Texas, in April.
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT IN NEW PLAN
Because of the complexity of the plan, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest Supervisors have extended by 15 days the deadline for public comments on their proposed project that would limit vehicle travel to the forests. The new deadline is Dec. 8 for the public to submit comments on the plan.
In 2005, the Forest Service published a new rule for providing motor vehicle access to the national forests and grasslands. Among other objectives, the plan was designed to better protect natural and cultural resources in the areas. The proposal for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland would not close any existing designated routes, although non-highway licensed vehicles are proposed to be prohibited from some roads based on safety concerns. Submit a written comment to 172 E. 500 S., Bountiful, Utah, 84010, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A verification of identification is required. For details, call 541-383-5517.
YOUTH HUNT OPTION STILL AVAILABLE
The initial deadline has passed, but there remains a chance for young hunters to take part in the waterfowl hunts at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. The event will be held Saturday and again Dec. 19. A stand-by system is in place if some of the first permit holders do not arrive for the hunt. A drawing for the stand-by opportunities will be held 90 minutes before shooting time at the Nielson Road parking lot. Call the wildlife area headquarters at 935-2591 for details.
Rivers and streams: Summer steelhead continue to arrive at the base of Leaburg Dam. The Leaburg hatchery recently recycled more than 100 fish down to the Taylor and Greenwood landings, and another 60-80 new fish have entered the trap. Angling pressure has been fairly light.
Fishing on the Elk River remains consistent - albeit crowded - and the Sixes should "come into color soon," reports John Gross of Roaring Fork Guide Service. When the Chetco comes back in, it will be the "go to" river, he said. One group reported catching chromer pigs ranging in weight from 28 to 37 pounds.
Marine zone: A series of "minus tides" after dark this week will provide clamming opportunities for those with lanterns. Recreational and commercial clam harvesting is open on the entire Oregon Coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border. This includes clam harvesting on beaches and inside bays. shellfish safety page or call the shellfish hotline, 800-448-2474. Waters can be closed on short notice because of contaminated waters due to coastal flooding and because of elevated levels of naturally occurring toxins. Crabs are not affected by this closure.
Best bets: Up to 40 elk can be found spending their winter along the historic Santiam Wagon Road near Cascadia, west of Sweet Home along Highway 20. The best vantage point for onlookers is from the USFS viewing platform across the highway from Long Ranch. The elk are typically around from now until late March.
Not far away, at Foster Dam and Lake, a flock of Barrow's Goldeneye - a diving duck known for its purplish gloss - regularly winters just below Foster Dam, sometimes with the Common Goldeneye. Deep water above the dam draws migrant Common Loon and Horned, Eared, Western, Clark's and, on rare occasions, Red-necked Grebes in migration.
- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports
To submit events
Submit listings to: Outdoors@registerguard.com. Events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.
Senior ride: The city of Eugene's Adult Services invites senior riders to free, in-town rides departing from Campbell Center, 155 High St. 10:30 a.m. Details: 682-5318.
GEARS: 35-mile through Santa Clara-area begins at 9:30 a.m. from Alton Baker Park. Details: www.eugenegears.org.
GEARS: Eric Seitz leads a "low" 21-mile ride starting at Pleasant Hill Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Details: www.eugenegears.org.
The Altair Ski and Sports Club: Jeannie Thoren leads a Ladies Night event at Berg's Ski and Snowboard Shop. Appetizers, refreshments and prizes offered. Call Berg's for details: 683-1300
Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Cottage Grove Row River Trail walk, 3.1, 6.2, or 8.1 miles. 8 a.m., Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield. Details: www.mossbacks.org or 726-7169.
Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Easy 3.1- or 6.2-mile walk through parks and neighborhoods in Albany. Carpools will leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield at 1 p.m., and return around 6:30 p.m. Details: www.mossbacks.org or 726-7169.
Obsidians: Chuck Wagar leads a 10-mile hike to Larison Rock. Sign up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.
Lane County Audubon Society: Jim Regali will offer a presentation about the natural history of the flora and fauna of Madagascar at today's 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. The public is invited.
Obsidians: Volunteers are sought for trail maintenance at Spencer Butte, led by Peter Green. Details: www.obsidians.org.
Eugene Astronomical Society: View the night sky and the first quarter moon at a "star party." Starts at dusk at the College Hill Reservoir, 24th Avenue and Lawrence Street in Eugene.