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Byline: The Register-Guard

Hearing set on North Fork Siuslaw River rule

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a public meeting in Florence next week regarding a proposed 5 mph speed limit for the North Fork Siuslaw River. The Nov. 14 meeting is set for 7 p.m., at the Port of Siuslaw, 1499 Bay St. It is prompted by a landowner's petition for a speed limit to protect boaters, the shoreline and dikes from wake damage. Written public comment on the proposed speed limit may be mailed to Randy Henry, OSMB, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309, or e-mailed to Randy.h.henry@state.or.us. The deadline is Nov. 30.

Online boater registration renewal now available

Oregon boaters with an "06" registration decal on their boat can easily renew online, according to Marine Board officials About 90,000 renewal notice cards mailed Oct. 31 included a special PIN number that allows boat owners to access their account online at www.boatoregon.com. Among the advantages of the system: Boaters can print out a temporary permit, which is effective immediately. Boaters can also renew their registrations by mail, or by visiting one of more than 125 agents statewide. For a list of agents, or to renew online, see: www.boatoregon.com.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Coastal rivers and streams: Recent rains produced a sharp rise in water levels, which should draw fresh fall salmon into the tidewaters. Bobber fishing should be productive in upper river pools. Trout angling closed Oct. 31 in many streams and rivers; consult the regulations for details. In the Columbia Gorge, sturgeon anglers are averaging about 1.75 legal sturgeon and 13 undersized sturgeon per boat checked.

Lakes: The rains should draw salmon into Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes, which are open to the harvest of wild (non-fin-clipped) coho. Most Willamette Basin flood control reservoirs and coastal lakes should be fair to good for holdover trout.

Marine zone: Fishing for lingcod and rockfish along the coast continues to be good when ocean conditions allow trips Minus evening tides the next three days should provide decent clamming opportunities if the surf isn't too rough.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Snowshoe rabbits are found in both the Coast Range and Cascade mountains. In the Coast Range these rabbits are brownish in color all year. In the Cascades, these rabbits turn white in the winter. They are very conspicuous during years when winter snows are late in arriving and they have already molted into their white winter coat. These rabbits can be observed by driving slowly on logging roads early in the morning or by following tracks in fresh snow.

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.

Astronomy

WEDNESDAY

North Eugene High Astronomy Club: Observe Mercury's transit across the face of the sun using telescopes fitted with special solar filters, 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., NEHS, 200 Silver Lane, Eugene. In the event of bad weather, a video feed from Kitt Peak National Observatory will be provided in the auditorium.

Bicycling

SATURDAY

GEARS: 40-mile ride to the Pleasant Hill area and 55-mile ride to Rattlesnake Butte. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

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.

Climbing

SATURDAY

Backcountry Gear: Roger Strong slide presentation on his new route on the north face of Kichatna Spire, 6:30 p.m. at Backcountry Gear, 1855 W. 2nd Ave. Free drawing for prizes after the show.

Hiking

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Jane Hackett will lead a 6-mile Eel Creek hike. Details, signup sheet at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Nature illustrator Kristine Kirkeby will conduct a workshop on "Drawing Mammals," 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Fee: $20 general public/$15 Arboretum members. Details, registration: 747-1504.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Making centerpieces of dried flowers will be the focus of a class conducted by Bethany Little, 2 p.m. Fee of $25 (MPA members $20) includes materials. Registration is required, call 747-1504.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: "Kalapuya Harvest Walk" led by arboretum nature guide Adrienne Schartz covers fall food gathering practices of Willamette Valley native people, 10 a.m., Arboretum Visitor Center, rain or shine. Donation requested: $3.

Hunting

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: "Blacktail Deer Lateseason Tips & Tactics" seminar by Shay Mann and Jody Cyr of SMP Outdoors, 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd.

Mushrooming

SATURDAY

Cascade Mycological Society: Grace Pugh and Molly Widmer will lead a mushroom foray: obtain a free harvest permit from any Forest Service office and meet at 9 a.m. at the east parking lot of South Eugene High School. Details: 431-0060 or www.cascademyco. org .

Paddle sports

TODAY

River House Outdoor Program: Kayak water polo drop-in session, 8 p.m. Echo Hollow Pool, 1655 Echo Hollow Rd. Fee: $4. Kayak rentals available for $6 if arranged in advance. Details: 682-5329

Snow sports

WEDNESDAY

Altair Ski And Sports Club: "Pray For Powder" Ski Fair, 6 p.m., Vets Club, 1626 Willamette St. Age 21 or over. Details: www.altairsports.org.

Walking

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Vancouver, Wash., for easy 3.1- or 6.2-mile walks and for viewing a Veterans Day parade, 7 a.m., Willamalane, 215 W. C St., Springfield. Details: www.mossbacks.org or call 726-7169.
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