2016 River Life Interpretive Center Opening Event

Saturday, February 27th at the River Life Interpretive Center-

Featuring two excellent local speakers. These two great programs are sure to inform and inspire!

At 1:00 pm, Andrew Emlen will present Birds of the Lower Columbia River. Co-sponsored by the Willapa Hills Audubon Society (WHAS) and Friends of Skamokawa, this program will feature life histories of a number of Lower Columbia River birds and special stories of these birds in connection to the Columbia.

At 3:00 pm, Keith Hoofnagle will be here for a Book signing celebrating the very special 50th Anniversary re-issue of “The Story of Linda Lookout”!

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River Life Interpretive Center

Native Planting Classes

February 27th and March 5th               12 noon – 2pm           Cost: $10

  Fred’s Homegrown Produce and Pacific County Natural Resources Conservation Service will be finishing a 10 Year Salmon Habitat Restoration project with the planting of native plants along a the stream bed of a newly constructed fish passage to the Naselle River.  This project is a continuation of a previous salmon habitat restoration project that turned a half-mile of riverbank into a total of 8 acres of forested habitat in 2006. The project is focused on restoring habitat for salmon, birds and native pollinators. It involves culvert removal and replacement with salmon-friendly culvert systems, replanting native species along an additional 4 acres of interior stream bank, and creating a buffer filtration system for the cattle pasturage enabling production of salmon-safe beef.

  The final planting will complete the half mile of newly constructed fish passage, and add another 800+ feet of river frontage to the original 2006 Habitat project.  The habitat project creates a spawning area for salmon as they come up the river from the ocean.  The fish need areas to lay their eggs where they will be protected from predators and high water velocity when the smolts first hatch.  Streams such as this small one that runs through the property provide this type of protection for the fledging fish.

  The Farm will be hosting two classes in habitat restoration planting, hedgerow design and site-specific erosion control.  The first class on Feb 27th, focused on the upper non-flooding area along steep stream bed slopes, and the second on March 5th covering planting habitat in a flood plain area.

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Free CERT Training This February

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency and the Wahkiakum County Department of Emergency Management are offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) in the Rosburg/Naselle area. The classes on February 20 and 21, will be held at the Naselle Timberland Library, 4 Parpala Road, Naselle. The classes on February 27 and 28 will be held at Johnson Park, 30 Rosburg School Road, Rosburg. Training is scheduled as follows:

Saturday, February 20, 2016 Naselle Timberland Library · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 Naselle Timberland Library · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Johnson Park, Rosburg · 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 Johnson Park, Rosburg · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 20 participants.

The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 20 hours of initial training with an option of additional instruction on modules relating to  pet preparedness training and Map Your Neighborhood training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first three days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend.

To register or for more information, contact Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338 or email smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or Beau Renfro at (360) 465-2202 or (360) 795-3242 or email renfrob@co.wahkiakum.wa.us.