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Out & About: State accepting proposals for sportfishing rule changes

Sun., May 6, 2012, midnight

SPORTFISHING – Proposals for changing Washington sportfishing rules starting in 2013 are being accepted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife through June 15.

The agency says it will consider only proposals that are necessary for resource conservation or provide a significant recreational benefit.

However, proponents found ways around those parameters in the latest round of fishing and hunting regulations changes taking effect this year. For example, proponents of a rule to allow youth to use bait in selective fishery waters of the Kettle River petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Commission. That rule was adopted and will take effect on 9 miles of the river in June.

A new online form for proposing changes is on the agency’s website at

Printed copies of the rule change forms are available by calling (360) 902-2700.

Proposals will be compiled and available for public review in September.

Audubon offers birding workshops

WILDLIFE Spokane Audubon Society will hold its Learn-to-Bird Workshops on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:30-9 p.m., at Spokane Falls Community College Science Building 28, Room 119.

Workshops will be followed by a field trip to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday.

Workshops are taught by Gary Blevins and Kim Thorburn, Audubon members with years of birding and teaching experience.

Each workshop is different. Participants can sit in on any or all of them, Thorburn said.

Subjects covered:

May 8 – Bird watching basics, with emphasis on equipment, field guides, bird biology and morphologic and song tips.

May 10-11 – Identifying local birds by habitat.

Preregister: Blevins, 533-3661, or Thorburn, 465-3025

Cost: $20 donation to Spokane Audubon.

Party celebrates Dream Trail

PUBLIC LANDS – The Dishman Hills Alliance is inviting the public to celebrate its latest step toward securing conservation land or easements for a “ Dream Trail” through the length of the Dishman Hills.

A dinner celebrating the recent 269-acre Glenrose-area Conservation Futures purchases will be held Saturday at Moran Prairie Grange, 6106 S. Palouse Hwy.

The Dishman Hills Natural Area Association helped secure the conservation land before it could be carved up for development.

The alliance has worked for a decade to keep a corridor open through the hills for non-motorized travel as well as for wildlife migration.

Part of the plan involves getting more friends to join the effort

Cost for the dinner celebration is $20 for members. The group is offering a $10 membership.

Info: 944-6820;

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