Outdoors briefs: Wolf plan topic of Richland club's meeting

RICHLAND -- A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staffer involved with development of the state's draft wolf management plan will speak to the Richland Rod & Gun Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting is at the City of Richland maintenance building, exit 3 from Interstate 182, across from Wal-Mart.

Anthony Novack, a deer/elk conflict specialist, is speaking with sportsmen's groups about the plan.

Nominations open for fish advisory groups

Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking nominations for people to serve on advisory committees that focus on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia River.

Nominations are due, Dec. 15. Nominations should include a resume with contact information and a statement that describes the nominee's fishing experience, interest in serving on the committee and ability to communicate with regional constituents.

All nominations can be submitted to Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife at 2108 Grand Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, by FAX at (360) 906-6776, or by e-mail to TeamVancouver@dfw.wa.gov

Members of the Columbia River Recreational Fishing Advisory Group and the Columbia River Commercial Fishing Advisory Group meet three to four times per year to discuss issues affecting salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries.

The two groups advise fishery managers on such issues as structuring sustainable fishing opportunities, developing fishery management plans, minimizing sport/commercial gear conflicts and implementing annual marketing plans.

Members are expected to provide input through the North of Falcon process for setting salmon-fishing seasons, Columbia River Compact commercial fishing hearings and joint state sportfishing hearings.