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Category: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Nisqually refuge staff still dealing with storm damage

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge continues to deal with damage caused by the January ice storm.

The biggest issue were the trails that wound through the trees near the visitor center. Falling limbs caused some significant damage.

A portion of the Twin Barns Loop Trail remains closed, awaiting repair and the removal of broken branches hanging over the trail, said refuge manager Jean Takekawa.

“There’s all these hanging branches that are broken, but haven’t come down. Some of them are really high. We’re still working on how to get them down,” she said.

It is still possible for visitors

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Final portion of Nisqually refuge boardwalk reopens

The last 700 feet of the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail reopened to public use today.

This stretch of the boardwalk includes the Puget Sound Viewing Platform.

That portion of the 1-mile boardwalk had been closed since Oct. 22 for waterfowl hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on the refuge and adjoining state Department of Fish and Wildlife lands on McAllister Creek and to the north on the Nisqually tideflats.

The vieiwng platform gives visitors great views of Puget Sound, the western edge of the refuge and the top of Mount Rainier on a clear day.

The hike from the

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U.S. Forest Service announces fee free days, including this weekend

The U.S. Forest Service today announced eight dates when it will waive fees that are usually collected to support forest maintenance and amenities.

Visitors to national forests will not pay fees on the following dates in 2012:

  • Saturday-Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend
  • June 9: Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 10-12: Veterans Day weekend

Despite the Forest Service’s fee waivers, the agency does not usually charge for visitors to national forests. In fact, the Forest Service does not charge for access on 98 percent of its land, said a news release. More

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