Outdoors briefs: Richland Rod & Gun Club meeting set Tuesday

From Tri-City Herald staff and Herald news services March 29, 2012 

The Richland Rod & Gun Club will hold its general meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Kennewick Elks lodge, 15 S. Colorado St.

April's guest speakers are Paul Hoffarth, state District 4 fish biologist, who will discuss local opportunities for angling success; and Klickitat turkey guide Tracy Zoller, who has more than 35 years of experience.

The public is welcome.

Native Plant Society sets meeting, April hikes

RICHLAND -- The Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 120 of the CIC building at WSU Tri-Cities.

Matthew Loeser will discuss his research as well as summarize other research evaluating livestock grazing in arid lands. Loeser teaches at Yakima Valley Community College.

The chapter also will hold two wildflower hikes in April:

* 9:30 a.m. April 14 at Badger Mountain: Meet at the Dallas Road parking lot. Hike time will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

* 9:30 a.m. April 21 at Amon Basin: Start at Claybell Park, 423 Broadmoor Drive, Richland. Meet in the parking lot. Hike time will be 11/2 to 2 hours.

The meeting and hikes are open to the public.

For additional information and maps, go to www.wnps.org/cbasin/events.html.

State parks creates Facebook, mobile site

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced a new Facebook page and mobile website in celebration of its 99th birthday.

The Facebook page is at facebook.com/Washington StateParks. The page will feature information about recreational, educational and overnight opportunities at state parks.

The mobile website is at m.parks.wa.gov.

Wenatchee, Methow steelhead fisheries close

Steelhead and whitefish fisheries on the Wenatchee and Methow rivers close last week, while steelhead fisheries on the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers are open until one hour after sunset Saturday.

The Wenatchee River is closed for steelhead from the mouth to the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. For whitefish, it is closed from the mouth to the Highway 2 bridge at Leavenworth.

The Methow River is closed for steelhead from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop. For whitefish, it will close from Gold Creek to Foghorn Dam, one mile upstream of Winthrop.

According to a news release from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the reason for the closure is that "the maximum allowable mortality of natural origin steelhead due to angling in the affected fisheries has been reached."

Remaining closed for steelhead fishing are the Entiat and mainstem Columbia rivers.

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