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Archives: July 2010


Olympic National Forest closes Road 30

With several culvert installation projects and one retaining wall installation scheduled to begin next week, Olympic National Forest staff has announced the closure of Forest Road 30 near Forks.

Road 30 will be closed to public travel from Monday through Sept. 30 while the repairs are underway. This road does not access campgrounds, trailheads or other recreation facilities.

But it could impact access for the upcoming bear hunting season and mushroom pickers going out in the next two months,

Construction operations and the related closure will occur from milepost 3.5 to milepost 7.5, said a forest news release. Culvert installation

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Sockeye fishing extended on Baker, Skagit rivers

The state has reopened sockeye fishing on the Baker and Skagit rivers. The fishery will be open through July 31.

The Baker River is open from mouth to the state Route 20 bridge, while the Skagit is open from the Dalles Bridge in Concrete to a point 200 feet above the east bank of the Baker River.

The state said the sockeye run in the Baker is above the number needed for spawning and hatchery egg-take needs. Because of that harvestable numbers remain to extend the fishery.

The daily limit is two sockeye. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in

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Thunder Creek bridge in North Cascades closed

The bridge over Thunder Creek, 14 miles up the Thunder Creek Trail near Skagit Queen Camp in North Cascades National Park, has failed and has been closed.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Crossing Thunder Creek without a bridge at this point is a potentially hazardous cross-country endeavor. The creek is fast flowing with numerous rapids and a waterfall just below the bridge site.

National Park trail crew will be evaluating the bridge site to evaluate options for bridge or foot log replacement.

The Thunder Creek Trail provides access to upper Thunder Basin, Park Creek Pass and

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Friday is deadline for state’s big-game hunting raffles

Hunters have until Friday to enter the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s special big-game hunt raffles for this fall.

Raffle hunts are available for black-tailed deer, mule deer, white-tailed deer, westside elk, eastside elk, California bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat.

New this year are five multi-species raffle hunts, in which hunters can harvest multiple animals. The multi-species hunts are:

  • A three-deer raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest a black-tailed deer, a mule deer, and a white-tailed deer.
  • A northeast Washington big-game raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest three of six species, choosing from white-tailed deer,

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Lake Sammamish State Park reopens

The State Parks and Recreation Commission just announced that Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah has reopened following Saturday’s fatal shooting.

Two men died and four men were injured from a shooting at the park Saturday evening. The King County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting.

Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish.
ar for boating and water recreation.


Baker Lake sockeye fishery to open for first time

For the first time, anglers will be able to fish for sockeye salmon in Baker Lake, the state just announced. The opening, starting Thursday, will happen because the fish are returning in significantly higher numbers than expected.

From Thursday until further notice, anglers can retain up to two adult sockeye salmon that exceed 18 inches in length from Baker Dam upstream to the mouth of the Baker River.

All other salmon must be released, and no fishing will be allowed between the dam and the log boom at the lower end of the lake.

More than 10,000 sockeye have

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Campaign urges campers to burn local wood

Washington has joined with Idaho and Oregon in encouraging campers to buy firewood as close as possible to where it will be burned. It’s part of the “Buy it Where You Burn It” campaign by the Washington Invasive Species Council.
Wood-boring insects, such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, two species responsible for widespread defoliation of forests in midwest and eastern states, can travel inside firewood, said a council news release.

“A little extra caution can help protect the very lands we enjoy,” Chris Christopher, chair of the Invasive Species Council, said in the release. “We need

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Stay on the trail and protect fragile wildflowers

With the snowpack at Paradise quickly melting, folks are going to want to head there to see the wildflowers.

But as the snow melts, it tends to run down the trails, creating a muddy track. That combined with spots where snow still covers the trails is creates a problem because some hikers opt to walk alongside the trail on the fragile vegetation.

This already is a problem at Sunrise, said Julia Pinnix, the lead ranger for that part of Mount Rainier National Park.

The area already has fields of glacier lily and pasqueflower blooms, with other flowers on the way.

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