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GIVE 'OL DAD A WALKING STICK: Mount Pisgah Arboretum has a perfect Father's Day gift suggestion for dads who like to hike. The arboretum will hold a "Walking Sticks Workshop" from noon to 3 p.m. on Father's Day (Sunday). The workshop will introduce kids to some basic tools and woodworking skills, and allow them to work with Dad on a project. Don Lown provides instruction, wood and most tools. The fee is $10 for fathers and $15 for other participants who make a walking stick. Details, registration: 747-1504.

PHOTOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP PLANNED: The Emerald Photographic Society is inviting interested photographers to participate in a photographic field trip to the southern Oregon coast June 21-23. The photo tour, to be led by Walt Biddle, will emphasize the use of large format (4x5) cameras to capture the greatest amount of detail in landscape and nature photography. However, formats as small as 35mm are also welcome. For details, contact field trip coordinator Bruce Bittle, 343-2386.

FALL CREEK BRIDGES OUT: To ensure public safety, the Willamette National Forest has removed three of the 27 bridges on the popular Fall Creek Trail. The bridges were removed after a recent survey found they had decomposed so much that they had become a hazard. Hikers can easily navigate or go around two of the downed bridge sites, but the only bridge on the trail that crossed Fall Creek is entirely gone. The missing bridge is located about 10 1/2 miles from the first trailhead at Dolly Varden Campground and one-half mile upstream from Forest Road 1828. While most people will still be able to enjoy their favorite parts of the trail, officials say hikers wanting to cover the entire length at one time may be disappointed. Funds for replacing the bridges are not expected to be available until 2004.

OLD-TIME SHOOTING EVENTS PLANNED: Oregon will host a pair of old-time shooting events in late July and early August. The Single Action Shooters Society (SASS) and The Orygun Cowboys gun club will host a three-day "Orygun Trails End" event July 25-28 at the Tri-County Gun Club in Sherwood. And the Western States Muzzleloaders Association will hold its Western States Blackpowder Shoot & Rendezvous at the Josephine County Sportsman's Park near Grants Pass, July 31-Aug. 4. For details on the cowboy shooting event, call (503) 864-3311. For the muzzleloader event, call Mary McFall at (503) 625-6864.

GORGE TRAIL GAINS NATIONAL STATUS: Oregon's Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is also now a National Recreation Trail. The National Park Service included the Columbia River Gorge trail on a list of 26 trails being added to the trail system. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department applied for the national designation, citing the trail's historical merits. The route includes almost 11 miles of paved trail in two segments for hiking, bicycling and other non-motorized use. Both segments - the five-mile Twin Tunnels section, between Hood River and Mosier, and the Tooth Rock section, between Cascade Locks and I-84 Exit 40 - follow cliffside stretches of old U.S. Highway 30 that have been closed to motor vehicles for almost 50 years. The listing brings to four the number of Oregon trails on the national recreation trails list. The others are: the Tillamook Head segment of the Oregon Coast Trail on the north coast; Silver Falls State Park's Canyon Trail east of Salem; and the Upper Rogue River Trail in southern Oregon.

WATER SHORTAGE FORCES RULE CHANGE: Drought conditions in southeastern Oregon have prompted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to remove daily catch limits at Malheur Reservoir and on a section of the Malheur River. Due to low and warm water conditions, biologists are expecting a summer die-off of fish to begin in a few weeks. The rule change includes allowing the use of dip nets to harvest on the Malheur River from Warm Springs Dam downsteram to the confluence of the South Fork Malheur River.
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Date:Jun 13, 2002
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