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Archives: Jan. 2010


National Wildlife Federation seeks photo contest entries

The National Wildlife Federation is accepting entries to our 40th annual contest.

Cash prizes totaling more than $30,000, including two $5,000 grand prizes. Those and other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate divisions: Professional, Amateur and Youth. Winners also will be published on the federation’s Web site and some will appear in its December 2010 magazine.

Participants can submit up to 25 images in seven categories. The entry deadline is July 6. The winners will be announced in November.

To enter our contest, you:

  • Must be at least 13 years old

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    Four beaches to open for razor clam dig

    Twin Harbors beach will open for razor clam digging Thursday, followed by openings at Mocrocks, Copalis and Kalaloch after a new round of marine toxin tests showed the clams there are safe to eat.

    Long Beach is closed to digging due to high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning detected in the clams.

    The state Department of Fish and Wildlife delayed making a final decision on digs at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after high PSP levels were found at Long Beach last week.

    “We’re pleased that we can move forward with digs at these four beaches,” Dan Ayres, state

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    Hurricane Ridge Road repairs under way at Olympic National Park

    Crews have begun work to repair Hurricane Ridge Road, which has been closed for a week. A contractor this morning started removing the remaining asphalt and has begun digging out and removing the old fill material.

    On Friday, Olympic National Park staff awarded a contract to repair the landslide to Port Angeles contractor Bruch & Bruch Construction Inc.

    At this time, the contractor has been authorized to spend up to $1.4 million to repair the road. The final contract amount will be finalized within several weeks, said a park news release. Federal Highways Administration engineers have estimated the final repair

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    Olympic National Park releases 12 more fishers

    Twelve fishers were released Thursday in Olympic National Park, part of the three-year effort to reintroduce the animal. Eight of the animals were released in the Graves Creek drainage of the Quinault valley and four in the Bogachiel valley.

    About the size of a cat, fishers are members of the weasel family, and are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula. Fishers vanished from the state decades ago because of over-trapping in the late 1800s and early 1900s and habitat loss and fragmentation, according to a park news release.

    Since 2008, 77 fishers have been released in

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    Ski areas raise $9,600 for Haiti relief efforts

    Skiers at Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie helped raise more than $9,500 for relief efforts in Haiti.

    The two Puget Sound ski areas donated $1 from every lift ticket sold on Saturday, as well as took donation.

    The Summit at Snoqualmie contributed $5,666, while $3,966 was raised at Crystal.

    The areas are owned by Boyne Resorts, which held a similar fundraisers at its resorts in the United States and Canada. All told, $30,528 will be donated to the Red Cross in both nations.

    Donations also were collected at the company’s Big Sky, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Brighton, ,

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    Toxin levels force closure of Long Beach razor clam dig

    Rising marine toxin levels have led the Department of Fish and Wildlife to cancel a razor clam dig scheduled at Long Beach and delay a final decision about digs at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches until next week.

    Olympic National Park will also wait until next week to decide on a dig at Kalaloch Beach, pending the results of further biotoxin testing.

    Plans for the dig late next week were put on hold after routine testing found elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning in clams, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager.

    PSP is a marine toxin

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    Strange bedfellows at Mount Rainier’s Paradise

    I saw this item on Kevin Bacher’s Mount Rainier National Park volunteer blog, and thought I would pass it along.

    … The Paradise foxes have started to sleep in snow caves and curl up by the feet of tired campers. Unfortunately the foxes seem to enjoy hauling out the sleeping campers’ gear into the snow and at least one boot disappeared. The Park Service is working on new methods to discourage human/fox interactions.

    I know rangers have been working hard this summer to discourage people from feeding the foxes. Even the staff at the entrance station has been spreading the

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    Central Cascades geotourism map unveiled

    I had the chance to meet this morning with John Francis, vice president for research, conservation and exploration at the National Geographic Society.

    The South Seattle native is in town to help celebrate the debut of the society’s new Central Cascades geotourism map. The big event is tonight in Seattle.

    The map identifies about 200 locations from Mount Rainier to Crater Lake. There were about 1,000 places nominated to appear on the map. Some are expected, such as Paradise Inn, while others are a little off beat. Francis said he had never heard of Joe’s Donuts in Sandy, Ore., but was able to enjoy some doughnuts while staying at Timberline Lodge earlier this week.

    Francis said he feels the map will fit well with the Northwest appreciation and sensibility toward the outdoors.

    “This is a remarkable region. This map is a first effort to direct tourism with that sensibility, that respect for the land,” Francis said.

    It has taken 2 1/2 years to create the map, the eighth in a series by National Geographic.

    But the project goes beyond the map. There also is a Web site, that contains far more places.

    Not only will the map attract visitors from across the U.S. and the world, I think it will help Northwest residents rediscover the wonders that are at their doorstep.

    “How oftend do people think ‘What am I going to do this weekend?’,” Francis said. “This is exactly what people are looking for. They’re looking for a unique experience. Looking at the map, you may find yourself saying, ‘I never thought of that.’ ”

    Here is the column I wrote in January about the project:

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