NEWS BRIEFS: Log jams to be installed on Dungeness, Gray Wolf rivers … and other items

News items on the North Olympic Peninsula.

SEQUIM — Olympic National Forest and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will start a restoration project to improve fish habitat within the Dungeness and Gray Wolf rivers today.

The project was rescheduled from its original date of Wednesday through Thursday.

About 11 log jams will be constructed in three reaches of the Dungeness and Gray Wolf rivers on national forest land: at about river mile 14.2 on the Dungeness River, and river mile 0.4 to 0.8 and 1.8 to 2.0 on the Gray Wolf River.

Log jams will be constructed from trees and materials delivered to the river channel by helicopter.

Active helicopter operation is expected for two or three days, the National Forest Service said in a news release.

Closures are anticipated at Forest Service Road 2870 from the junction of 2880 to the junction of 2870-050, including all roads, trailheads and other areas in between; Forest Service Trails 834.1 and 834; Dungeness River from river mile 14.2 to 16.0; and Gray Wolf River from river mile 0.1 to 2.0.

Traffic will be managed on Forest Service Road 2880 between Dungeness Forks Campground and the junction with Forest Service Road 2870. Traffic delays should be expected.

Dungeness Forks Campground was closed for the season beginning Monday.

All trails outside the closure area will be open during this time.

For more information, contact Marc McHenry at 360-765-2231.

Ferry service down

PORT TOWNSEND — Washington State Ferries will close the Port Townsend-Coupeville route the weekend of Nov. 5-6 to allow construction work at the Keystone dock on Whidbey Island.

Reservations for Monday, Nov. 7, also are not available to allow for the possibility that construction could take longer than expected, the ferry service said.

The final decision regarding when the route will be reopened will be made by the project team the afternoon of Nov. 6.

Native plants

SEQUIM — The Clallam Conservation District has scheduled a fall “Landscaping with Native Plants” field workshop at the Dungeness Recreation Area, 554 Voice of America Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1.

The workshop is free and focuses on the identification of over 25 native trees and shrubs along about a 2-mile walk on Dungeness Recreation Area trails.

In addition to plant identification, tips will be offered on each plant’s cultural needs, aesthetic qualities and habitat benefits, as well as how to incorporate them into home landscapes.

The workshop is led by Clallam Conservation District Executive Director Joe Holtrop.

Due to space limitations, preregistration is required.

To register, phone the district at 360-775-3747, ext. 5, or email joe.holtrop@clallamcd.org.

Volunteers sought

Healthy Families of Clallam County, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in partnership with United Way, is looking for volunteers to assist in efforts to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Phone 360-452-3811 for training information.

Fair theme contest

PORT ANGELES — Entries for a theme to the 2017 Clallam County Fair must be postmarked no later than Saturday to the theme committee, 1608 W. 16th St.

The winner will receive $100, two fair day passes and two fair T-shirts.

The theme is limited to seven words or less. “Clallam County” cannot be used in the slogan.

Ten entries per person are allowed. Each entry must have the entrant’s name, address and phone number.

Only residents of Clallam County are eligible to enter. There is no age limit.

The winning entry will be chosen on the basis of creativity, originality, appropriateness, decorating ease and display.

All entries become the property of the Clallam County Fairgrounds, and the fair committee reserves the right to revise the theme, if necessary.

For information, contact Shari Ioffrida at 360-417-2551.

Ocean noise pollution

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema and the Sierra Club North Olympic Group will screen “Sonic Sea” in the Peninsula College Little Theater at 7 p.m. Friday.

“Sonic Sea,” a film by the Natural Resources Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare, documents how vessel traffic and other human-induced noise impacts whales, dolphins and other sea life, according to a news release.

Partially based on the book “War of the Whales,” the film documents a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a mystery of mass whale strandings in the Bahamas.

Joining the event to answer audience questions will be attorney Michael Jasny, who is the Natural Resources Defence Council director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project and Land & Wildlife Program.

Jasny is a leading expert in law and policy of ocean noise pollution who has directed high-profile litigation, lobbying efforts, science-based policy development and public advocacy to improve the regulation of this emergent global problem, according to a news release.

Jasny is the author or co-author of numerous publications in legal, policy, and scientific journals; has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School; and is based in Vancouver, B.C., and Santa Monica, Calif.

Also speaking will be environmental advocate Barb Laski of Port Townsend, founder of Harmony’s Way, an entity dedicated to earth, justice and spirituality.

An audience discussion will follow.

The event is free, though donations are accepted.

Cub Scout events

SEQUIM — Cub Scout Pack 4850 will host two events this Saturday.

The first will be a “Raingutter Regatta and Crafts” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second will be a “Lion and Tiger Safari” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Both will be held at Five Acre School, 515 Lotzgesell Road.

For more information, contact Anne Kanters at 360-683-8708 or akanters@olympus.net.

Pet nutrition site to open

PORT ANGELES — A new canine nutrition consultation business, Fido Foodie, will start offering services Saturday.

Business owner Vicki Swann said she will conduct private consultations and group classes.

Swann said the business, serving the Olympic Peninsula, is also partnering with Peninsula College to offer introductory canine nutrition classes.

For more information, email FidoFoodie@yahoo.com.

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