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STATE PARKS OFFER FREE DAY: State parks throughout Oregon will offer free camping Saturday in observance of the fifth annual Oregon State Parks Day. All campsite rental fees - including those charged for sites with sewer, electricity and water hookups - will be waived for the night of June 1. Day-use fees charged at 26 state parks also will be suspended on that day. Visitors to some parks will be offered guided hikes, nature walks and kayak excursions as well as tours of lighthouses, museums, cabins and deluxe yurts. Free hot dog feasts at some parks and a variety of refreshments also will add to the day's festivities. The state legislature established Oregon State Parks Day in 1997 to focus public attention on the heritage, use, development and funding of Oregon's state parks. For a schedule of activities see the Web site: www.oregonstateparks.org.

AMAZON APPRECIATION DAY: A bird walk, work parties and lunch will be part of "Amazon Appreciation Day" on Saturday along Eugene's Amazon canal/slough. Steve Gordon will lead the birdwalk at 7:30 a.m.; meet at Blue Heron Bridge behind the Albertson's at 18th and Chambers streets. Volunteers will gather at Patterson Elementary School at 9 a.m. for food, instructions and directions to the work sites. Work parties will begin at 10 a.m. (tools are provided, but bring work gloves if you have them). Participants will return to Patterson School at 12:15 p.m. for lunch. Details: Eugene Stream Team, 682-4850.

'TRAIL DAY' RUN TO BENEFIT MOUNT PISGAH: Saturday is National Trails Day, an ideal time for the third annual "Run for the Mountain" at Howard Buford Recreation Area, better known as Mount Pisgah. A five-kilometer trail run and a one-mile walk will be held to raise money for trail construction and maintenance in the park. Day-of-race registration will be available from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The run begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:15. Cost is $18 with commemorative T-shirt, $13 without. Details: Lane County Parks Department, 682-2000.

WILDLIFE ISSUES ON AGENDA: Wolf management and big-game tag allocations will highlight a two-day meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission next week in Portland. Commissioners will take part in a wolf management workshop June 6 at 1 p.m. On June 7, the commission will allocate tag numbers for this fall's big game hunts, adopt regulations for the 2003 hunting seasons and approve a 2003-05 budget proposal for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The second session begins at 8 a.m. Both meetings will be held at ODFW headquarters, 2501 S.W. Front Ave. Details: (503) 872-5272.

HALIBUT SEASON TO RESUME: The all-depth halibut season along the central Oregon coast will reopen June 7 and June 8 because sport anglers did not fill their poundage quota during the May fishery in the zone from Humbug Mountain to Cape Falcon. If the quota is not reached next week, additional fishing days will be open June 21 and/or June 22 for all depths in that zone. Meanwhile, the recreational halibut fishery in waters less than 30 fathoms deep between Humbug Mountain and Cape Falcon remain open seven days a week.

OSU PROFS DO THE 'WAVE': Oregon State University faculty members will be featured in a National Geographic television special on "The Science of Waves" to be aired today. The coverage includes footage of faculty member Terry Dibble riding a surfboard in a 342-foot long wave channel tank at the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, the world's largest and most sophisticated tsunami research facility. The program airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. today on the National Geographic Channel.

PROPOSED BRIDGE RELOCATED: Due to an editing error, last week's Outdoor Digest incorrectly stated that the proposed Bristow Crossing pedestrian bridge over the Middle Fork Willamette River would link sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Actually, the bridge would connect sections of the Eugene-to-Pacific Crest Trail.
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Date:May 30, 2002
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