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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

Wildlife refuge planning meetings set on coast

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold five public meetings in communities along the Oregon Coast during November to review management plans for the Cape Meares, Oregon Islands, and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuges. The agency is developing a 15-year "Comprehensive Conservation Plan" for the refuges. Meetings within the Register-Guard's circulation area will be held Wednesday at Newport High School's Boone Center Room, and Nov. 15 at Bandon High School. Both sessions start 6:30 p.m. For additional details, call (541) 867-4550 or see www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/.

Meanwhile, citing higher priorities, the USFWS announced it has halted work on a planning study for a proposed New River National Wildlife Refuge in Coos and Curry counties. The proposed refuge would have provided sanctuary for the Aleutian cackling goose as well as other fish and wildlife species.

Interpretive series looks at forests, mushrooms

The Fall Interpretive Series sponsored by the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Outdoor Program continues with two events this week. Whitey Lueck will lead a daylong old growth forest tour in the west Cascades on Saturday. Mushrooms will be the focus of a two-part clinic conducted by Ed Fredette. A 90-minute classroom session on mushroom identification will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by an outing to forage for mushrooms on Sunday. Fee for each event is $12 for the general public, $10 for UO students and members of the sponsoring organizations. Register and pay at the Outdoor Program office in the Erb Memorial Union.

Altair Club to host 'Ski Fair' next week in Eugene

The Altair Ski and Sports Club will hold a "Pray For Powder" Ski Fair on Nov. 8 in the ballroom of the Veterans' Memorial Building, 1626 Willamette St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but limited to those age 21 and older. There will be presentations by representatives of the Mount Bachelor, Willamette Pass and Hoodoo ski areas. Local vendors of ski gear - including G.I. Joe's, Sporthill, REI, Copeland's and McKenzie Outfitters - are also scheduled to be on hand. The program includes prize raffles and information about Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, ski trips and outdoor gear.

Maher brothers honored for service to boaters

A pair of Oregon State Police officers from Lane County have been honored by the Oregon State Marine Board for service to Oregon's boaters. Senior Trooper Marshall Maher, of the OSP's Oakridge office, and his brother, Trooper Martin Maher, of Cottage Grove, shared the Trooper of the Year award. "Both brothers demonstrate a serious competitive drive, but the boaters of Oregon are the ones that benefit," said Bill Rydblom, Law Enforcement Manager for the Marine Board. "They are both equally deserving." The award recognizes outstanding performance in the area of boat examinations, law enforcement, public education, field training, and promotion of boating safety.

Marshall Maher also received the Marine Board's Special Instructor Award for his work in training other marine officers.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: A hard rain should bring fresh fall chinook salmon into Oregon's coastal rivers, but until that happens expect success to be sporadic. Siuslaw River anglers have reported very good catch rates of sea run cutthroat trout in tidewater and the lower river. Summer steelhead fishing remains a good bet on the McKenzie and Willamette rivers.

Lakes: Remember, today is the last day of the general trout season statewide, and many of the high Cascade lakes will be closed for the winter on Wednesday. Check the angling synopsis for details. Most of the flood control reservoirs and coastal lakes provide fairly good angling throughout the winter.

Marine zone: Fishing for lingcod and rockfish along the coast is good when ocean conditions allow. The entire Oregon Coast is now open to clam digging, and minus evening tides this week should provide harvest opportunities if the surf isn't too rough.

Hunting

Timely tips: State wildlife officials urge successful deer and elk hunters to visit check stations as part of the state's effort to test for Chronic Wasting Disease. For check station dates and locations and other information about the CWD program, log on to www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2006/sept/019.asp.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: White-tailed kites and red-shouldered hawks appear to be expanding their range from the south into the southern edge of the Willamette Valley. Sightings have been increasing over the past few years. Good areas to look for these two species are around the south end of Fern Ridge Lake, E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, and Airlie Valley north of Corvallis.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

THURSDAY

UO Outdoor Program: "A Tale of Two Cities: Cycling Thailand and Laos," by travel writer and commentator Willie Weir, 7 p.m., 177 Lawrence Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Admission: $3, free for UO students and OP Co-op members.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 35- and 40-mile rides to the Gimpl Hill area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Route details: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 45-mile ride to Harrisburg. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

Birding

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: Birdwalk for beginning and intermediate birders, 8 a.m. at the Charleston Visitor Center. Binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Also, the film "Winged Migration" will be shown at the Intepretive Center at 2 p.m. Details, registration: (541) 888-5558.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

Northwest Steelheaders: Emerald Empire Chapter meeting, 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 1375 Irving Road.

Hiking

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Janet Jacobsen will lead a 4-mile "Art and History" hike in Springfield. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

Native Forest Council: Join with Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates for an interpretive hike in Oregon's threatened ancient forest, 10 a.m. carpool from 454 Willamette St. Bring appropriate rain gear, water and lunch. Details: 688-2600.

TUESDAY, Nov. 7

The Obsidians: Barb Revere leads a 7.8-mile hike on the McKenzie River Trail between McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station and Belknap Springs. Details, sign-up at Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer of the Cascade Mycological Society will lead a two-hour mushroom walk at noon at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Donation: $3. Details: 747-1504.

West Eugene Wetlands: "A Beaver's Tale" - Learn about the beaver's lifestyle and the story behind the "full beaver moon," 10 a.m. at the West Eugene Wetlands Yurt. Details, registration: Holly McRae at 683-6494 or wew@wewetlands.org.

Paddle sports

WEDNESDAY

UO Outdoor Program: Kayak skills practice session in Gerlinger Pool, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fee: $5, $3 UO students and Outdoor Program Co-op members. Kayak rentals $5. Register at the Outdoor Program office in the Erb Memorial Union.

Walking

SUNDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Stayton for an easy 6.2-mile Volkswalk, 8 a.m., Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St., Springfield. Details: 747-6470 or visit www.mossbacks.org.

Holdover templates

Hearing set on North Fork Siuslaw River rule

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a public meeting in Florence Nov. 14 regarding a proposed 5 mph speed limit for the North Fork Siuslaw River. The meeting is set for 7 p.m., at the Port of Siuslaw, 1499 Bay Street. It was prompted by a petition the Marine Board received from a landowner seeking a speed limitto protect boaters, the shoreline and dykes from wake damage. The board will also consider written public comment on the proposed speed limit recieved by November 30. Comments can be mailed to Randy Henry, OSMB, P.O. Box14145, Salem, OR 97309, faxed to (503) 378-4597 or emailed to

Randy.h.henry@state.or.us.

Online boater registration renewal now available

Oregon boaters with an "06" registration decal on their boat have been registration renewal notice cards that make it easy to renew online, according to Marine Board spokeswomAshley Massey. About 90,000 cards mailed Oct. 31included a special PIN number that allows the owner access to his account via www.boatoregon.com. Credit card and personal information entered via the RegOnline system is secure, Massey said. Among the advantages of the system: The boater can print out a temporary permit, which is effective immediately. Boaters can also renew their registrations by mail, or by visiting one of over 125 agents statewide. For a list of agents, or to renew online, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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