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Archives: Sep. 2010


State lifts burn ban early

The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced the statewide burn ban has been lifted from DNR-protected lands, a move that comes earlier than anticipated. Heavy rainfall throughout the state in recent weeks has eased the summer fire danger and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s September outlook calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

The agency urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities.

Current and expected conditions allow the agency to lift the statewide burn ban before i planned to do so on

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Get your clam guns ready, state announces dates for first razor clam digs

The state has just announced the dates for the first digs of the 2010-11 razor clam season.

If clams are safe to eat, the first dig will start at Twin Harbors beach area Oct. 7-10, with additional dig set for Oct. 8-9 at Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.

In announcing those dates, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife also announced tentative dig dates planned through the New Year’s holiday weekend.

“As in years past, we are announcing the proposed digging schedule so people can start making plans,” Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. “But

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See you at the fair on Tuesday

Want to talk outdoors and our coverage of the outdoors, then come to the Puyallup Fair on Tuesday.

The Adventure Guys, Craig Hill and I, will be at The News Tribune booth from 3-4 p.m.

The TNT booth is located just to the left of the Blue Gate.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Adventure section in the TNT and the Outdoors section of The Olympian, as well as any story ideas you might have.


Park wants Carbon River Road to stay closed

In case you missed Saturday’s New Tribune, this is the story Craig Hill and I wrote about the release of the environmental assessment for the Carbon River Road at Mount Rainier National Park.
If you click here, you can read the comments other readers have posted.
– Jeffrey P. Mayor, Adventure editor

Mount Rainier’s historic Carbon River Road has seen its last motorized traffic, if the National Park Services has its way.

Late Friday, the Park Service released its environmental assessment for managing access to the Carbon River portion of Mount Rainier National Park.

The Park Service’s preferred alternative is to convert the road – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – into a 4.8-mile hiking and biking trail to Ipsut Creek Campground.

“I want to provide as much access as we can, but when you look at the road segment and the expense of providing flood repairs, it’s a significant cost,” Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said. “Emotionally, it’s not where I would like the alternatives to end up, but as a prudent manager, I have to look at (park users) and say the road is not sustainable.”

The six-mile Carbon River Road has allowed vehicle access to Ipsut Creek Campground in the northwest corner of the park. However, 17.9 inches of rain fell in the park Nov. 6-7, 2006, triggering flooding that washed out several segments of the road. Floods damaged the road again in 2008.

The road has been closed to vehicle use since 2006, but bikers and hikers have been using the trails. Read more »


No entrance fees to federal lands on Sept. 25

Just a reminder that there will be no entrance fees charged Sept. 25 at places like Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument or Olympic National Park.

Entrance fees will be waived at lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

That includes places like Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, which is playing host to the Nisqually Watershed Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day.

Also, Sept. 25 is National Public Lands Day, when various park agencies hold volunteer work projects. Look for more details at our

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Body of missing climber found

This statement was just released by the National Park Service:

The body of missing climber John Arum was recovered today via helicopter by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the National Park Service. The 49-year old mountaineer from the Seattle area began a solo attempt of the 8,500-foot Storm King Mountain on Saturday August 28th and was reported overdue on Monday, August 30th. Arum’s body was located from the air by National Park Service personnel on September 3rd on the steep face of Storm King Mountain at an elevation of 7,700. Due to technical challenges and poor weather,

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Dates for first razor clam digs expected later this week

Dan Ayres, the state’s coastal shellfish management, said he hopes to announce later this week the dates for the first razor clam digs of the season.

Ayres said he is still wading through the multitude of e-mails sent to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife as people comment on the upcoming season. The state opted to save money and not hold the meetings it traditionally held to explain the season’s forecast and possible dig schedule.

He said they had tentative dates, but wanted to go through the e-mails before he made his final recommendation to the department’s leadership.


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Listing of National Public Lands Day events


Here is our list of events for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 25:

Green Tacoma Day Service Project
Various organizations are holding events from 9 a.m.-noon around Tacoma.

Blueberry Park
Location: East 75th and East D streets
Site Sponsor: Blueberry Park Volunteers

First Creek
Tours of First Creek and plant identification education
Location: First Creek and East Fairbanks (First Creek is located one long block east off of Portland Avenue in Tacoma.
Site Sponsor: First Creek Neighbors and Natural Area Stewards
Information:, 253-304-2808

Garfield Gulch
Location: East 25th Avenue sidewalk between C and D streets
Description: Help with trash pick-up and invasive plant removal. This is a family friendly event. Please bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. We will provide snacks and tools.

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