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WEYERHAEUSER CLOSES SOME LANDS: The Weyerhaeuser Co. has closed its forestland in Southern Oregon to recreational use because of extreme fire danger posed by prolonged hot, dry weather. The closure includes about 210,000 acres in Coos and Douglas counties. No foot, horse or vehicle access will be allowed until further notice, the company said. The decision followed Oregon State Department of Forestry warnings of increasing the fire danger levels. If fire conditions worsen, Weyerhaeuser said its foresters will consider additional restrictions at the company's tree farms in Oregon.

WINE COUNTRY BIKE RIDES OFFERED: Eola Hills Wine Cellars is offering four bike rides through the rolling hills of the Oregon "wine country" west of Salem next month. The "Bike Oregon Wine Country" rides, held in conjunction with the Epilepsy Foundation, are scheduled every Sunday in August. Participants on the "moderate to difficult" 52-mile rides will visit seven wineries. In addition, George Thomas, a spokesman for the Epilepsy Foundation, and Terri Gutch will give a slide presentation about their participation in last year's Ride Across America. The rides begin at Eola Hills at 8 a.m. and finish there with wine tasting and a salmon barbecue. Box lunches and refreshments are also provided during the ride, and support vehicles are available to transport any wine purchases or to give riders a lift. Cost of the event is $50, and Eola Hills will make a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation for every rider entered. Details, registration: Lisa Tahan, (503) 623-2405 or e-mail: lisatahan@cs.com.

IT'S DOG DAY AT REI: Recreational Equipment Inc. and the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority are sponsoring a "pet adoption day" event at noon Saturday at the Eugene REI store, 306 Lawrence Ave. A veterinarian and avid hiker will be on hand to talk about animal etiquette, first aid and health, and hiking and biking with your pet. REI staffers will also discuss pack fitting for your dog. REI is providing special dog leashes that are available for purchase or are free with pet adoption at this event. All proceeds will benefit Lane County animal shelters.

NOW `BATTING' AT MOUNT PISGAH ... Local bat expert and educator Stuart Perlmeter will present a slide-illustrated workshop entitled "Bats!" on Aug. 10 at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Participants will get a chance to meet bats up close, listen to them echo-locate with a "bat detector" and watch them hunt. Cost of the workshop is $15 for adults, $5 for kids. Pre-registration required. Call 747-1504.

NEW KID ON THE ROCK: A baby mountain goat was born at the Oregon Zoo's Cascade Crest exhibit last week. The healthy male kid arrived later than zoo doctors had expected. He weighed in at 8 pounds, about normal for newborn kids, which are very mobile shortly after birth. Mountain goats prefer steep, rocky areas in alpine or sub-alpine regions. They migrate between lowland winter areas and high elevation summer ranges. In the Pacific Northwest, wild mountain goats can be seen on Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and other places in the Washington Cascades. They also can be seen in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon and on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where they have been introduced.

DUCK NUMBERS DROP: Breeding duck numbers are down this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in its annual report on duck populations and spring habitat conditions. The FWS estimate put the total breeding duck population at 31.2 million birds, about 14 percent lower than a year earlier. Biologists said dry conditions and a late spring in key breeding areas are the main cause for the decline. May pond counts in the north-central United States and south-central Canada, where the majority of North American waterfowl breed, were down 41 percent from last year. Mallards, scaup, gadwall and wigeon - all of which were down 5 to 7 percent from last year - fared better than other species of common game ducks, which had declined 16 to 46 percent.
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Title Annotation:Recreation
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 25, 2002
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