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Unique lake may be state’s first freshwater reserve

Posted November 27, 2014 By NewsEngine

OLYMPIA – A proposal by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to create Washington’s first freshwater aquatic reserve at unique Lake Kapowsin will be discussed in an open house meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2. DNR will provide information about its aquatic reserves program and will be seeking public input on the proposal.

Lake Kapowsin is a rare, undeveloped Puget Sound lowland lake formed when the Electron mud flow surged down Mount Rainier and dammed Kapowsin Creek 500 years ago. That mud dam helped create an unusual submerged cedar forest beneath the lake’s surface. The 512-acre lake is important habitat for fish and other water-dependent species.

“Designating Lake Kapowsin as an aquatic reserve allows for greater opportunities to preserve this unique place and creates more opportunities for the public to truly enjoy and appreciate it,” said Roberta Davenport, aquatic reserves manager for DNR.
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Avoiding The Gamey Flavor Of Big Game

Posted November 27, 2014 By NewsEngine

PRATT – Eating a “gamey” piece of wild meat can be a deal-breaking experience for some. For those with sensitive palates, it can be enough to swear off wild game altogether, while for others it’s simply a less than favorable taste. The truth is, Kansas big game rarely possesses such a robust flavor when prepared properly, so if you find yourself disguising your venison in a can of cream of mushroom soup or a big pot of stew, you may want to reassess your field care practices.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has a brief, easy-to-follow video on field dressing your harvest that will walk you through the process from start to finish. Visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting/Big Game Information” to view the video.
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Commission to consider Willamette Valley land acquisitions

Posted November 27, 2014 By NewsEngine

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider two land acquisitions in the Willamette Valley and establishment of the Columbia River fisheries transition program when it meets in Salem on Friday, Dec. 5.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302 and follow this agenda

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/14/12_december/index.asp

The Commission is considering two land acquisitions in the Willamette Valley: Coyote Creek NE adjacent to Fern Ridge Wildlife Area and Hayden Island near Salem. The acquisitions will be funded through Bonneville Power Administration and other sources as part of BPA’s wildlife habitat mitigation programs in the Willamette Valley. Both acquisitions would provide important habitat for fish and wildlife species identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as well as outdoor recreational opportunities.
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