Outdoor briefs for Nov. 15


Watch chum, help Kennedy Creek trail program

A fundraiser to benefit the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail will take place Saturday.

“Chum, Chowder & Chocolate” will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The South Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and Taylor Shellfish are teaming up for the fourth annual event.

Visitors will be able to enjoy seafood chowder and hot chocolate, while getting a chance to watch chum salmon move up the creek to spawn.

Trained docents are stationed along the trail from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, as well as Nov. 27.

Money raised at Saturday’s event helps run the program.

The trail is between Olympia and Shelton off Old Olympic Highway.

For more information, visit spsseg.org/kcst or call 360-412-0808.

Trout Unlimited

Steelhead guide offers fishing tips

Fishing guide Mick Fault will give a presentation on winter fishing for steelhead at Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The presentation will include Fault’s tips on the when, where, why and how of plug fishing and side drifting with bait.

Fault started guiding in 1996, and focuses his efforts on the Satsop and Wynoochee rivers for salmon and steelhead.

The meeting, beginning at 7 p.m., will be at the North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

Refreshments and a fishing raffle will be held following the presentation.


New map of Elbe Hills, Tahoma state forests

The state Department of Natural Resources has released a new map of Elbe Hills and Tahoma state forests. The map, available for smartphone or as a printed version, covers nearly 50,000 acres in the Nisqually River Valley near Mount Rainier.

The two forests offer recreation opportunities including camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, off-road-vehicle riding, as well as winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This map shows the Mount Tahoma Trails Association backcountry ski huts in Tahoma State Forest, as well as Elbe Hills ORV and Sahara Creek campgrounds, Nicholson Horse trail system, and picnic sites in the Elbe Hills State Forest.

The map is the sixth in a series of the department’s state forest maps.

You can download the map to your smartphone using the free Avenza PDF Maps Mobile app. For downloading instructions, go to washingtondnr.wordpress.com.

The printed version is $9 and can be purchased online or in person, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., from the State Department of Printing, 7580 New Market Street St. SW, Tumwater.

Manhattan Project

Agencies sign accord for park

Establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park moved forward Tuesday with the signing of a memorandum of agreement by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

The agreement governs how the National Park Service and the Department of Energy will work together to preserve, protect, and provide access to the historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project at locations, according to a Park Service news release. The sites are at Hanford and in Oak, Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The park will be managed as a partnership between the Department of Energy, which already oversees and administers the properties, and the National Park Service, which will provide interpretation, visitor information, and assistance in the preservation of the historic buildings.

The park tells the story of people, events, science and engineering that led to the creation of the atomic bomb, the role these weapons played in World War II and how the role of the United States in global affairs has evolved in the nuclear age.

The purpose of the agreement is to identify the facilities and areas under the Energy Department’s administrative jurisdiction that will initially be included in the park, and to establish a broad framework for the management and interpretation of those facilities and areas.

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