Outdoors

Outdoor briefs for June 27

PSA meeting

Charter captain to discuss Westport salmon fishing

Kevin Lanier will talk about ocean salmon fishing opportunities out of Westport at Thursday’s meeting of the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

Lanier is well-versed on salmon fishing. He began salmon fishing out of Whidbey Island’s Cornet Bay in the early 1980s. He is now owner and captain of KC Sport Fishing Charters in Westport. He also is the vice president of the ocean region for Puget Sound Anglers and is the president of the Ocean Anglers PSA chapter in Westport.

He will tell stories from his experience on the water and share some of the secrets he has learned to help anglers land more ocean salmon. He will talk about specific fishing techniques, what gear to use and what to look for while fishing off shore.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with Lanier’s program at 7:15 p.m. It will be at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

You can learn more about the chapter at sschapterpsa.com.

Environment

Help needed to clean fireworks debris from beaches

Volunteers are needed to participate in the July 5 Beach Clean-up on the Washington Coast.

A coalition led by the Grassroots Garbage Gang, Washington CoastSavers, Surfrider Foundation, the cities of Long Beach, Ocean Shores and other partners will tackle the enormous amounts of trash typically left on the beach after the holiday weekend.

Volunteers can show up at any major beach approach on the Long Beach Peninsula, Westport area or Ocean Shores area and either fill bags distributed there or help collect the filled bags left at high tide line from the night before.

Registration is open at coastsavers.org.

This year’s July 5th Cleanup is supported by funds provided by the Japanese government following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to use this gift from Japan,” Jon Schmidt, Washington CoastSavers coordinator, said in a news release. “There is still a lot of long-range debris coming ashore and we will clean our beaches, regardless of its origin.”

Wildlife

Wolves not impacting state’s big-game herds

State wildlife managers say they have found no evidence that wolves have had significant impacts on Washington’s big-game herds.

Some wolf packs are shifting territories and the state is trying to monitor their activities, said Dave Ware, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s wolf program leader.

This spring, state wolf research trappers have placed additional transmitting collars on two yearlings in the Smackout Pack, a female in the Profanity Peak Pack, a female in the Dirty Shirt Pack and a female in the Lookout Pack.

In total, 14 wolves in 10 packs have state-monitored collars. The Colville Tribe may also have collars on one or two packs.

“At this point in wolf recovery, we are not seeing anything in the harvest or survey data that would indicate a decline in deer, elk or moose populations,” Ware said.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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