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Byline: The Register-Guard

Mossbacks offer walking event

The local Eugene-Springfield Mossback Volkssport Club is hosting a 13-kilometer non-competitive walking event Aug. 9. The walk, which the club rates as easy, starts at Clearwater Park in Springfield and follows a paved path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River to Dorris Ranch Park. At Dorris Ranch, 6 kilometers in, the trail switches to gravel and the walk ends up back at Clearwater Park. The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you have the option of walking for free or paying $3 for American Volkssport credit. For more information, go to mossbacks.org.

Tree farm tour today at Long Tom

Join the Long Tom Watershed Council today for a tour of a small tree farm managed for both timber and wildlife habitat. Learn about small tree farm management in the Long Tom watershed and how small woodland owners make management decisions. Consulting forester Steve Cole, state forester Link Smith and ecologist Bruce Newhouse will discuss tree farm management from an economic and habitat perspective. The tour is from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bauman Tree Farm, 84289 Territorial Rd., just south of milepost 29. The tour leaves at 6 p.m. sharp. Signs will be posted. It's free and comes with light refreshments. Visit longtom.org or call 541-338-7060 for more information.

ODFW budget goes to discussion

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2015-17 proposed budget request for approval when it meets Friday in Salem. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. and the commission will work through seven agenda items, including 2015 sport fishing regulations and the 2014-15 game bird regulations. The 2015-17 proposal includes a fee increase for recreation and commercial licenses that, if approved, would start in 2016. It also makes program cuts and shifts costs from some programs on to the state's general fund revenues. The package that will be presented to the commission will include changes to the original budget proposal in response to public comments. Upon commission approval, the budget must be submitted to Oregon's governor for consideration. Final determination of the ODFW budget would come from the 2015 Oregon State Legislature.

Tour of station set for Aug. 8

Jim Denny of the Willamette National Forest will lead a tour of the Fish Lake Remount Station on Aug. 8. In the upper McKenzie River drainage, Denny will take tour-goers on a trip of an historic cluster of century-old log cabins. Native Plant Society botanist Jenny Lippert will lead a walk down the old Santiam Wagon Road and through Fish Lake Meadow. Bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at South Eugene High School. The trip will return to Eugene by 4:30 p.m. For more information and to register call Jenny at 541-225-6440.

Bug catching event at Alton Baker Park

Nearby Nature Quest is hosting a bug catching safari in the Walama Butterfly Meadow at Alton Baker Park on Aug. 9. This fun, family-paced nature event is free for members of Nearby Nature and is $2 per non-member or $5 for a family. Event-goers will use magnifying glasses, butterly nets and more during the event, which will meet at the Nearby Nature's Learnscape. Registration is required. Call 541-687-9699.

Fishing Reports

Rivers and streams: Alton Baker Canal was restocked with 815 legal trout and 150 larger on Monday. Breitenbush River was given 1,800 legals, and the McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam took 1,250. The river below the dam was stocked with 3,000.

Lakes and Ponds: Leaburg Lake will be filled with 1,500 legal trout on Aug. 4.

- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoors@registerguard.com. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Bicycling

TODAY Disciples of dirt: Weekly mountain bike rides for women of all abilities. Helmets required. Ride at 6:30 p.m. Find the varying location of weekly ride at rgne.ws/dodride. (ENDS LATE SUMMER)

WEDNESDAY

Eugene Adult Service: In-town ride of varying length for seniors, every Wednesday starting at Campbell Center, 155 High St., at 9:30 a.m. Helmets required. Info: 541-682-5318.

Eugene GEARs: A 25-mile ride at a 12-15 mph pace along Irving Road to Fir Butte. Meet at 6 p.m. at Alton Baker Park.

THURSDAY

Eugene GEARs: A 12-15 mph pace along McKenzie View and Sunderman. Meet at 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

Eugene GEARs: A women's only 25-mile ride at a 12-15 mph pace along Fox Hollow. Meet at 6 p.m. at Alton Baker Park.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

Obsidians: Janet Jacobsen will lead a 6.2-mile hike with 1,530 feet of elevation gain along Amazon Headwaters-Spencer Butte. Sign up only online at obsidians.org for all Obsidians outings.

SUNDAY

Obsidians: Tom Giesen will lead a 7.8-mile hike with 2,500 feet of elevation gain up Black Crater.

Climbing

SATURDAY

Obsidians: Rick Harris will lead an 11-mile climb with 3,000 feet of elevation gain along Three Fingered Jack.

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 from Willamalane Adult Center in Springfield.

WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY

Altair Sports Club: 5-6 miles around town, meet at 9 a.m. at Brail's, 1689 Willamette St., Eugene. Information: 541-746-6263.

THURSDAY

50-plus, self-led: Hour-long group walk around neighborhood surrounding Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Bertnzen Road, Eugene. 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., Eugene. Info: 541-682-5318.

SATURDAY

Altair Sports: 4-5 miles on river bike trails. Meet 9 a.m. at Caf Aroma at Valley River Mall. Information: 541-343-7893.

Mossback Volkssport Club: Moderate 6.8- or 7.2-mile walk through Silver Falls State Park. Meet at 7 a.m. at Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield to carpool ($5 for car expenses) or join the group by 8:30 a.m. at the registration point, the Safeway Store at 918 North First St. in Silverton. For details call 541-726-7169.

Trail Maintenance

WEDNESDAY

Obsidians: Matthew Bell will lead a 2-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation gain along Spencer Butte Trail.
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