Next razor clam dig awaits OK
The next razor clam dig is scheduled to begin Saturday, but recent high marine toxin levels could threaten the opening.
High levels of domoic acid forced the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to postpone digs at Long Beach and Twin Harbors this season, and will keep Long Beach closed for this next dig.
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The upcoming dig would start Saturday and run through Nov. 19 at Twin Harbors, where recent toxin levels make this opening doubtful. From Nov. 17-19, Copalis and Mocrocks also are scheduled to be open. Toxin levels in clams tested from those two areas have been below the safety threshold.
Here are the dates and low tide information for the proposed dig:
Twin Harbors: Saturday: 4:37 p.m., -0.3 feet; Nov. 13, 5:25 p.m., -1.1 feet; Nov. 14, 6:13 p.m., -1.6 feet; Nov. 15, 7 p.m., -1.8 feet; Nov. 16, 7:48 p.m., -1.7 feet.
Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks: Nov. 17, 8:37 p.m., -1.3 feet; Nov. 18, 9:28 p.m., -0.8 feet; Nov. 19, 10:22 p.m., -0.1 feet.
Digging is best an hour or two before low tide, and no digging will be allowed before noon.
The department will finalize the dig once toxin test results are received early this week.
Free admission day at state parks
To honor the nation’s veterans, Washington State Parks will offer free admission on Veterans Day.
On Friday, people will not need a Discover Pass to visit locations such as Millersylvania, Ocean City, Kopachuck and Flaming Geyser state parks.
If you can’t take advantage of that offer, there will be 12 days in 2017 when admission also will be free:
Jan. 1: New Year’s Day, First Day hikes.
Jan. 15-16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
March 19: State Parks’ 104th birthday.
April 15: Spring free day.
April 22: Earth Day.
June 3: National Trails Day.
June 10: National Get Outdoors Day.
Aug. 25: National Park Service’s 101st birthday.
Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day.
Nov. 24: Autumn free day.
Lewis and Clark
New superintendent named
Jon Burpee will be the new superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, headquartered in Astoria, Oregon. Burpee is the superintendent at the recently established Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Las Vegas.
Burpee, who begins his new post Jan. 2, will be responsible for several sites along the Columbia River and the Pacific coast. The sites, including Washington’s Cape Disappointment and Fort Columbia state parks, preserve the stories of the native people in the area and Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition.
Burpee’s career with the National Park Service began in 1996 when he was a volunteer at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington. He was later hired there as a park ranger. He has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Washington.
He replaces Scott Tucker, who transferred to Michigan in June to be superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,