August 21, 2011 in Outdoors

Out & About: Invasive species sticker not transferrable

 

OUTLAW – Idaho’s $7 invasive species sticker, which is required on all boats and inflatables longer than 10 feet, cannot be transferred from one vessel to another, Idaho Parks and Recreation officials say.

Out & About suggested otherwise (Aug. 7), noting that some boaters were laminating the stickers for more practical attachment, especially in the case of their rafts.

“Vendors that offer convenient solutions to affixing them to inflatable rafts with rope rigging are doing just that – providing a convenient solution to affixing them to a designated vessel,” said Jennifer Blazek, department spokeswoman in Boise.

But she advised, “The rules are still the rules. The sticker is non-transferrable.”

She acknowledged that nothing on the sticker says it can’t be transferred, but said it’s stated in the rules.

Beyond that, she said the fee is for a good cause dear to the hearts of all boaters.

“Contributions to the Idaho Invasive Species Fund are put to service protecting our coveted waters from invasive species that can devastate a recreational hotspot in a year or less,” she said. “It’s an important program that should be taken seriously.”

Multisport race debuts at Plantes Ferry Park

OUTDO – A new multisport race in the Spokane Valley will put three-person teams to the test of paddling on the Spokane River, mountain biking on Beacon Hill and running on the Centennial Trail.

The Plantes Ferry Adventure Race is set for Sept. 18, sponsored by the Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association.

PFAR is open to teams of three or individuals.

Race categories include Youth (14-18), Friends, Family, Ladies and Corporate.

Cost: $99 per team or $49 individual.

Register and get more info at www.PlantesFerry.com.

Idaho trails group going to Beehive Lakes

OUTFIELD – Idaho Trails Association will team up with the Sandpoint Ranger District next weekend to help clear 4.5 miles of Beehive Lakes Trail 279 in the Selkirk Mountains.

Work will start Saturday morning at the trailhead off of the Pack River Road.

On Sunday, the group plans to hike to the lakes and clear trails on their way down.

Space is limited to 20 volunteers; advanced registration is required.

The Forest Service will provide lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Contact: Joe Pickett, (208) 369-3782 or email jpickett@thesca.org.


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