OUTIMAGE – Pro photographer Tim Cooper will present a free program on capturing outdoor scenes on camera on March 14, 7 p.m., at the Spokane REI store.
Cooper, a photography instructor, will explain how he makes dramatic photographs during the “magic light” hours of morning and evening.
The session is free, but preregister to reserve a seat: rei.com/spokane.
Otter undervalues wilds to Congress
OUTRAGEOUS – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter underestimated the number of people who visit Idaho’s wilderness when telling Congress how little wilderness means to state residents, the Idaho Statesman reports.
Otter spoke Tuesday at a House committee hearing on an Obama plan to reverse a Bush-era policy and make large chunks of federal land eligible for wilderness protection.
“There are more people in one day, probably, that play golf on the floating green in Coeur d’Alene than visit the Frank Church-River of No Return in a year,” Otter said.
For the record, the wilderness in 2010, based on permits, attracted 10,222 river runners on the Middle Fork Salmon and 8,769 on the Salmon River. Also, 1,229 hunters bought elk tags, and officials counted 13,000 steelhead angler days.
That’s more than 33,000 documented wilderness visitors, not including hikers and horse riders.
Sportsmen oppose Alaska copper mine
OUTCRY – A coalition of 360 fishing, hunting and sporting organizations from nearly every state have signed a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska, from potential watershed damage by the proposed Pebble Mine.
Bristol Bay attracts the world’s largest sockeye run and is reputed to be the world’s top economically and socially important wild salmon fishery.
Learn the ropes at climbing events
OUTDO – REI is offering three free ways for co-op members to get a feel for rock climbing at the Spokane store’s indoor wall (gear provided):
• Women’s climbing – Monday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
• Rock Climbing intro – Thursday, 7 p.m. Preregister, rei.com/spokane.
• Saturday climbing – Each Saturday in March, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., with staffer on duty to help.
Fly-pattern raffle helps conservation
OUTCAST – The Spokane Fly Fishers fly-pattern raffle to support fisheries conservation projects is Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
Donate flies or buy chances on local patterns and escorted fishing trips.
Info: (509) 990-4782.
Update on wolves
OUTSEE – “Wolves of Northeastern Washington,” by Jay Shepherd, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist stationed in Colville, will be presented at the Spokane Audubon meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Riverview Retirement Community,Village Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave.
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