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May 15, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

 

WASHINGTON

From a Washington state parks news release:

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend the 8th Annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration with the Samish and Swinomish tribes.

The celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Bowman Bay picnic area on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor. The event celebrates the maritime heritage of the two participating Coast Salish tribes. This year’s event also commemorates the 100th birthday of the Washington state park system, which was created by the Legislature in 1913.

The June 8 event will feature canoe rides and native singers, drummers and storytellers. Artists from the two tribes will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. A salmon and frybread lunch also will be available for purchase. The Discover Pass is not required to attend the event. In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 8 is a state parks “free day,” when visitors to state parks are not required to display a Discover Pass.

Cultural event activities are presented by the Samish Indian Nation, the Samish Canoe Family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Swinomish Canoe Family. Proceeds from food sales at the Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration support the Samish and Swinomish canoe families’ participation in the annual intertribal canoe journey; each year, tribes and nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. This year, the Quinault Tribe plays host to the intertribal canoe journey, which lands in Taholah on August 1. For more information about this year’s canoe journey, visit www.paddletoquinault.org.

Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater of shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is best known for views of Deception Pass and Bowman Bay, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife and the historic Deception Pass Bridge.

RHODE ISLAND

From the Providence Journal:

Carrot-and-ginger soup, kayaking, fishing and games will be a few of the offerings available as the 2013 edition of the Great Outdoors Pursuit begins Sunday, May 19, in Lincoln Woods State Park.

The program will take participants to seven Rhode Island state parks through the summer. The state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Department of Health organize the Great Outdoors Pursuit with companies and organizations dedicated to children’s wellness.

Opening day of the Pursuit features non-stop activities in a beautiful, lakeside setting close to Providence. Sunday’s program is scheduled to run between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is designed to help children, families and individuals enjoy the state’s recreational resources and to encourage more physical activity by trying new outdoor activities, said DEM director Janet Coit.

OREGON

From the Mail Journal, Medford:

The federal Bureau of Reclamation plans to open two-thirds of its Hyatt Lake Complex campground Friday (May 17), a month later than normal because of the federal sequester’s budget cuts and hiring freezes.

Two of the campground’s three loops will be open and four of its six bathrooms will be unlocked around the southwest part of the reservoir in the Greensprings east of Ashland. Tests on the water and sewer facilities came back fine, clearing the last hurdle the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recreation managers needed to open the popular campground, BLM spokesman Jim Whittington said Monday.

Since mid-April, only the two boat ramps at the BLM complex have been open. The campground normally opens the week before the fourth Saturday in April — the traditional opening day of trout fishing at Hyatt Lake.

The federal sequester’s across-the-board budget cuts and hiring freeze earlier this year came as the district had hired fewer than 20 of the more than 60 summer workers who help manage the district’s recreation sites. The sites include more than a dozen trails, four campgrounds, seven waysides or overlooks and other amenities in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The district recently sought and won waivers to hire nine additional summer employees, who will be added in the coming weeks, said Jeanne Klein, who heads the BLM’s Medford District recreation program.

The BLM’s popular Table Rocks interpretive hikes have been cut by 20% and hikers will need to pack out all their own garbage there and at other recreation sites as the agency seeks to spread its thin summer workforce around.

Also, Elderberry Campground on the West Fork of Evans Creek will remain closed with no plan yet for its opening, Whittington said.

 

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