Anderson Island walk includes wine tasting
Capitol Volkssport Club will hold a walk and wine-tasting adventure on Anderson Island Saturday.
The walk begins at approximately 10:30 a.m. Groups will be formed to accommodate different walking paces. After leaving the dock, participants will go past forest, farms with old buildings, the Farm Museum (open on weekends), and two lakes.
A bonus will be a stop at Anderson Island Winery for wine tasting and picnicking. Participants should bring a sack lunch because the options for buying food on the island are limited.
Participants should be prepared to board the 10 a.m. ferry leaving from the Steilacoom ferry dock, 56 Union Ave. Give yourself time to park your car, purchase ferry tickets, and register for the walk. A small parking lot, charging $6 per day, is available at the ferry terminal; and additional free parking is available about half a mile away from the ferry.
Plans are to return on the 2:40 p.m. ferry.
For more information, go to capitolvolkssportclub.org.
Friday at the Fort aids programs
Tickets are on sale now for the seventh annual Friday at the Fort, an Aug. 5 fundraising event that will benefit education and outreach programs at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
Performing that night will be Celtic rock band Ockham’s Razor. The food and drink lineup includes Craft beer from 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, Northwest wines, cider from Fish Tale Ale and food options from Europa Bistro, Gateway to India and Tease Chocolates.
The 21-and-older event, sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation, will run from 6-9 p.m.
Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 at the gate, are available at fridayatthefort.org or at the fort.
The replica fort is located in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.
Park to remove rainbow from lake
Staff from the North Cascades National Park Service Complex will be doing surveys this summer as they develop plans to protect native cutthroat trout from hybridization and competition with non-native fish in McAlester Lake.
The work will include fish and habitat surveys to determine the best options for the removal of non-native rainbow and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout from the lake.
These surveys are scheduled to begin this August. Following the surveys and for the next two years, the park will deploy gillnets in the lake from July through October. Throughout all of these activities, McAlester Lake will remain open for recreation.
The plan calls for the lake to be restocked with fish native to the watershed at lower numbers to create a better fishing opportunity and greatly reduce the risk to native amphibian and fish communities, aquatics biologist Ashley Rawhouser.
Rainbow trout, non-native fish in the Stehekin and Bridge Creek watersheds, were stocked in the lake in 1942. The rainbows have established a breeding population that migrate downstream and hybridize with the native Westslope cutthroat. The park's long-term goal is to remove the non-native fish species and restock the lake with Westslope cutthroat that are native to the drainage. Park staff will test the effectiveness of using gillnets to remove the non-native fish for three years.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org