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  • Fort Verde Days

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    The Fort Verde Days celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living-history presentations with re-enactors, special presentations, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, military drills and a vintage baseball game. Shown here at the commanding officer's house is Dennis Lockhart, portraying General Crook.... Full story

  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    JOIN HANDS -- Dead Horse Ranch State Park will celebrate the 25th Anniversary Verde River Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The activities promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's riparian habitat. This year's free event kicks off with "Hands Across the Lagoon" at 9 a.m. and everyone is invited to join hands around the east lagoon to symbolize the importance of the preservation of the Verde River; the line-up will start at... Full story

  • Red Rock State Park

    Sep 15, 2013

    SEEING STARS -- Red Rock State Park is embarking on a Star Party series that will include remaining events on Nov. 9, and the Moonlight Hike on Oct. 18. Astronomers of the Verde Valley will assist with telescopes so visitors can see the stars up close under the beautiful sky and near the red rocks of Sedona at Red Rock State Park. For more information on all State Parks events, visit AZStateParks.com... Full story

  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument

    WOT|Sep 15, 2013

    CLOSED -- Rainbow Bridge National Monument is closed indefinitely due to a trail washout after heavy rains fell in the area during the summer. The damage includes a complete loss of approximately 150 feet of trail between the dock and the first shade structure, with a 21 foot drop-off into Bridge Creek. Debris has collected at the mouth of the creek and needs to be removed from the dock area. Crews have assessed the damage, and plans are underway to develop a temporary trail until a more... Full story

  • Arizona Game And Fish Department To Hold Informational Meetings This Week On Federal Proposals Regarding Mexican Wolf Conservation

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold public meetings this week in Payson, Tucson and Pinetop to share information with constituents on two proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules dealing with Mexican wolf conservation, and how the public can provide comments to the Service. The first federal rule proposes delisting the gray wolf from the federal list of threatened and endangered species but maintaining endangered status for the Mexican wolf. The second federal rule proposes... Full story

  • Responding To Huffington Post Article

    Doug Burt, Hunting & Shooting Sports Program Mgr. AZ Game & Fish Dept.|Sep 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is a pioneer in reducing the amount of lead available in the environment to wildlife species that are particularly susceptible to lead toxicity like the California condor. The department has a successful voluntary non-lead program to aid condor recovery and works extensively with a wide range of partners to monitor lead's impact on wildlife. The Department feels strongly that a voluntary lead ammunition reduction program creates more acceptance and a more... Full story

  • Early Hot Fall Fishing In South Florida!

    Capt. Alan Sherman, Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report|Sep 15, 2013

    South Florida is in a transition period as we move out of our summer pattern and into the beginnings of Fall. If you have been keeping up with my fishing reports you have noticed that this has been one of the weirdest summers in a long time when it comes to fishing and weather. And this has not been a good thing! Even though we have had some outstanding fishing adventures the weather has kept us at the dock and off the water more than usual. Almost every fishing guide has been eagerly waiting... Full story

  • Arizona Game And Fish Commission Approves A Dozen Amendments To Fishing Regulations

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission recently approved 12 amendments to Commission Order 40 (fish regulations) that are expected to conserve sport fish populations and simplify and streamline regulations. The amendments will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. One amendment of particular benefit to anglers is a change in the statewide possession limit to twice the daily bag limit, applying to all statewide and special regulation seasons. The regulation will now give the angler the ability to continue... Full story

  • How the Continuing Resolution Affects the Federal Budget Cycle

    Bob Steger, GSA|Sep 15, 2013

    This week I am going to discuss (CR) or Continuing Resolution by congress for the Federal Budget. You may or may not be aware but this year will mark the 20th year in a row that Congress will not pass a budget. Instead we get a Continued Resolution by congress to fund the federal government for the year. 2014 will certainly be no different. So in this newsletter I am going to write about how to market your firm to the federal government during the different phases of the Continuing Resolution.... Full story

  • Treat Your Family To A Day On A Bartlett Lake Jet Ski!

    Sep 15, 2013

    2% OFF all Jet Ski rentals for the next two weeks!! Print this e-mail and give it to the Jet Ski manager to claim your 20%. (Sept. 20th - Sept. 30th) Are you ready? We have it figured out for you! Treat your family to a day on a Bartlett Lake Jet Ski! Bartlett Lake is 100% full, fuller than it's been in years! The water feels GREAT, especially in this heat, and the fun has started! We are running a TWO WEEK SPECIAL! Only $237 for the day, September 20 - September 30! That's a savings of 20%!... Full story

  • BLM Kingman to Host National Public Lands Day Event


    Kingman, Ariz. – To celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office, along with the Dolan Springs Open Space Committee, will host a National Public Lands Day volunteer event on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To promote sustainable trail design and construction practices while educating the public on the importance of wilderness, volunteers are needed for trail con... Full story

  • BLM Announces "Fee-Free" Day At Recreation Sites

    BLM|Sep 15, 2013

    Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – To celebrate National Public Lands Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District will be waiving entrance fees to local recreation sites. The fee-free designation applies only to Saturday, September 28, 2013. “This is a great way to help some folks, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, to experience their public lands and develop a passion for them as others have,” stated District Manager Roxie Trost. Recreation areas in the BLM Color... Full story

  • Director Campout Series Gives Opportunity For Visitors To Engage Directly With State Parks Director

    ASP|Sep 15, 2013

    (Phoenix, Arizona - September 16, 2013) - Arizona State Parks Director Bryan Martyn will hold a Director Campout Series at several State Parks throughout Arizona from September through December 2013. The purpose of the campouts is to engage visitors, residents, campers, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and other constituents in a conversation about State Parks. Director Bryan Martyn said, "This will be a unique opportunity for people to come out and talk to me personally and share their vision about... Full story

  • Millions in Grants Awarded In Growing Smarter State Land Trust Acquisition Grant Funds

    ASP|Sep 15, 2013

    (Phoenix, Arizona - September 19, 2013) - On September 18, 2013, the Arizona State Parks Board awarded $15,391,690 in Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Fund grants from the Land Conservation Fund. The following three grants were awarded: · City of Scottsdale - McDowell Sonoran Preserve towards the purchase of 2,365 acres for up to $8,044,190 · Pima County - Tortolita Mountain Park Expansion Acquisition Phase II towards the purchase of 800 acres for up to $1,347,500. · City of Fl... Full story

  • Who Would Have Thought, Tractors In Page, AZ?

    Judy-Kitson, Page Antique Tractor and Machinery Club, PAT&MC.

    Page sits as far as you can get on the northern border of Arizona over looking beautiful Lake Powell which flows into Glen Canyon through the formidable Glen Canyon Dam providing lots of boating activities. Page is also bordered by BLM land to the West and the Navajo Nation to the East, all picturesque high desert settings of tumbling weeds, and colorful sandy cliffs and slot canyons most tourists are expecting to see. Why is it then, that as they arrive at the eastern edge of Page, either... Full story

  • ODFW Hosts 2nd Round of Public Meetings on the 2014 Pacific Halibut Seasons

    ODFW|Sep 15, 2013

    ODFW Hosts 2nd Round of Public Meetings on the 2014 Pacific Halibut Seasons The Pacific Fisheries Management Council has narrowed down the options for proposed changes to the 2014 Pacific Halibut Fishery, and has asked for additional public comment on those options. Therefore, ODFW will be hosting two public meetings beginning at 7 pm both evenings. Tuesday, September 24 in Newport at the Holiday Inn Express, 135 SE 32nd St., Newport Wednesday, September 25 in Brookings at the Best Western... Full story

  • Are Your Birds Southbound, Just Arriving, Or Homebodies?

    WOT, WDFW|Sep 15, 2013

    Many of us backyard birdwatchers are witnessing the change of the seasons this month, with hummingbirds no longer visiting our flowers or nectar feeders and large groupings of other birds moving out. But is it just goodbye to migrants and a familiar nod to year-round residents? Is that chickadee you've been watching flit in and out of a nestbox all summer the same one you'll see at your winter feeder a few months down the road? When you look at that "year-round range" map stretching from Alaska... Full story

  • Grays Harbor Anglers Required To Release Chinook Sept. 22

    WOT, WDFW|Sep 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - To help ensure spawning goals and management objectives are met for wild chinook salmon, anglers will be required to release all chinook beginning Sept. 22 in Grays Harbor Area 2-2 (east of the buoy 13 line) where the fishery will close for nearly a week the following day (Sept. 23). The salmon fishery will reopen Sept. 29 with a daily limit of three salmon, but anglers will be required to release all chinook. Ron Warren, regional fish program manager for the Washington Department of... Full story

  • Teanaway Land Purchase Clears The Way For Washington's First Community Forest

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Forterra today announced the purchase of 50,272 acres in the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed that are being designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. The Teanaway acquisition is the largest single land transaction in Washington State in 45 years and reflects more than a decade of collaboration involving many organizations and individuals. The property will become... Full story

  • Fall Sturgeon Fishery Cancelled On Columbia River Above Wauna

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - The fall fishing season for white sturgeon set to begin Oct. 19 on a portion of the lower Columbia River has been cancelled, due to the large number of sturgeon caught in that area earlier this year. That fishery was originally scheduled to re-open three days per week from the Wauna power lines upriver to Bonneville Dam under rules adopted by Washington and Oregon. However, both states agreed to cancel the fishery based on catch data showing that anglers caught 1,942 legal-size... Full story

  • Most Areas Of Puget Sound Reopen Oct. 1 For Late-Season Crab Fishing

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department. Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San... Full story

  • WDFW Lifts Campfire Restrictions On Most Lands East Of Cascades

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted campfire restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington, where cooler temperatures and fall rains have reduced fire danger. Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved recently by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas. "A cool, damp start to autumn resulted in t... Full story

  • Mark-Selective Rule For Chinook Removed On Portion Of The Lower Columbia River

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    Action: Allows retention of both clipped and un-clipped Chinook from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock boundary (near the Lewis River) prior to the previously scheduled date of Oct. 1. Effective date: Sept. 26, 2013 Species affected: Fall chinook Area: The mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock line (a line from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore through red buoy #4 to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore. Daily limit: Daily limit... Full story

  • WDFW Plans Controlled Burns On Wildlife Areas In NE Washington

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    SPOKANE - Starting this week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to conduct controlled burns on parts of the Sinlahekin, Scotch Creek, and Sherman Creek wildlife areas in northeast Washington to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildlife habitat. Depending on weather conditions and approval from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), controlled burning could get under way as early as Sept. 26 in Okanogan County. Tom Leuschen, WDFW wildlife area fuels... Full story

  • WDFW Tentatively Schedules Rrazor Clam Digs Through October

    WOT, Washington Department Of Fish And Game|Sep 15, 2013

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled razor-clam digs through October, while continuing to accept public comments on openings for the rest of the season. The department is planning two series of evening digs at four ocean beaches in October, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said final word on the first series of digs will be announced after test results are received... Full story

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