Outdoors

Adventure briefs for June 19

The Point No Point Lighthouse is one of six to receive a grant for renovation projects. The grants were funded by the sale of the state’s lighthouse license plates.
The Point No Point Lighthouse is one of six to receive a grant for renovation projects. The grants were funded by the sale of the state’s lighthouse license plates. Staff file, 2006

Fly fishing

Sport helps with recovery efforts

Trevor Brearty, founder of Seamwater, will give a presentation “Can Fly Fishing Heal?” at Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Brearty uses fly fishing and fly tying as a learning platform to help behavioral growth in people looking to improve their current life, according to a club news release.

After returning from duty in Iraq, the Elma resident struggled with depression, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. He found that fly fishing was a crucial element to his recovery.

Seamwater offers a variety of instructional classes aimed at all anglers, from total novices to seasoned veterans. You can learn more about Brearty at seamwater.com.

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

Hunting

State trims hunting for antlerless deer

The number of days open to hunting for antlerless deer in northeastern Washington will be reduced. That follows a vote by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission its meeting June 10-11 in Olympia.

The commission agreed to reduce the number of antlerless white-tailed deer hunting days for archery to six and eliminate the muzzleloader season for antlerless white-tailed deer in the region, according to a release from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The changes will apply to game management units 101-121.

The reduction is based on concerns about deer herds affected last year by an outbreak of blue tongue disease, a virus caused by biting gnats, said commission chairman Brad Smith. In April, the commission reduced the number of hunting days for antlerless deer for youth, seniors and hunters with disabilities to four this year.

Also at the meeting, the commission voted to keep killer whales and streaked horned larks on the state’s endangered species list. The department had recently updated status reviews for both species and recommended that they be kept on the list.

Conservation

Grants will aid 6 lighthouses

Six Washington state lighthouses will receive grants from the state for restoration projects.

The $21,600 in grants from Lighthouse Environmental Programs are funded by the sales of Washington lighthouse license plates. Sales of those plates have provided more than $220,000 in grant funding since 2009.

The lighthouses receiving grants this year are: Mukilteo, $4,800 to replace windows; Patos Island in the San Juan Islands, $4,000 for an educational exhibit; Swiftsure Lightship in Seattle, $3,300 for a cook’s galley restoration; Burrows Island near Anacortes, $3,000 for a duplex restoration; Turn Point on Stuart Island in the San Juan Islands, $2,900 for floors and counters in the lighthouse keepers unit; and Point No Point on the Kitsap Peninsula, $3,600 for a workroom exterior door.

For each license plate sold or renewed, the program receives $28.

For more information, visit washingtonlighthouses.org.

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

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