Outdoors briefs for Oct. 18


Training to begin for Salmon Steward volunteers

The Olympia-Thurston County Stream Team is offering the first training session Oct. 28 for people interested in serving as Salmon Stewards along the McLane Creek Nature Trail.

The first classroom session will cover general salmon and Salmon Steward topics. It will be from 6-8 p.m.

The second classroom session, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 4, will focus on South Sound chum.

Field training at the trail will be from 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 7. Stewards will learn about the viewing locations, observe chum in the creek and cover frequently asked questions.

To register, go to streamteam.info. For more information, contact Ann Marie Pearce at pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355, Ext. 6857.

World Tour

Best of Banff films return to South Sound

Once again, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to the South Sound.

The world tour showcases some of the best films shown at the annual festival, an international competition and presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment.

The tour is coming to Tacoma for its 11th year, with shows running from 6:45-10 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, with different films each night. The Tacoma showings are sponsored by the Tacoma Mountaineers, Puget Sound Outdoors and Edgeworks Climbing. For tickets or information, call 253-591-5894 or 800-291-7593.

The Olympia showings, taking place Dec. 12-13, are sponsored by the Olympia Mountaineers. For more information, call 360-956-1699.

Films also will be shown Dec. 9-11 in Seattle. For information, call 206-521-6001.

Low returns

Tribes won’t fish for Chambers Bay coho

Three tribes will not fish for coho salmon in Chambers Bay this year to make sure that enough adult salmon return to produce the next generation of fish throughout the South Puget Sound.

The Medicine Creek treaty tribes — Squaxin Island, Nisqually and Puyallup — have treaty-reserved rights to fish in the bay. The tribal fishery there focuses on a strong run of hatchery coho returning to South Sound milling in the area.

The tribes are closing the fishery because of a lower than expected return of South Sound coho, said Chris Phinney, fisheries management biologist for the Puyallup Tribe.

The Chambers Bay fishery is at the end of a long series of fisheries impacting coho.

“A lot of people have had their crack at these fish already, largely sport across the region and commercial fisheries in Canada and Alaska,” Craig Smith, harvest program manager for the Nisqually Tribe, said in a news release. “The coho outlook to the South Puget Sound does not support a meaningful fishery in Chamber’s Bay, consistent with recent years.”

Discover Pass

State Parks announces free days in 2016

Washington State Parks has released the schedule of 12 free admission days in 2016. On these days, State Parks visitors will not be required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The pass, $10 a day or $30 a year, provides access to all State Parks, as well as recreation lands managed by the state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.

The 2016 free days will be:

Jan. 1: New Year’s Day and State Parks’ First Day Hikes Day.

Jan. 17-18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

March 19: Washington State Parks’ 103rd birthday.

March 26: Springtime free Saturday.

April 22: Earth Day.

May 8: Springtime free Sunday.

June 4: National Trails Day.

June 11: National Get Outdoors Day.

Aug. 25: National Park Service 100th birthday.

Sept. 24: National Public Lands Day.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

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