Outside briefs, Aug. 20, 2016
Orienteering class is Wednesday
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a free “Navigation and Orienteering 101” class at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.
The seminar is taught by Hunter Outreach Program volunteer and expert navigator, Leonard Pisciotta, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he taught the country’s best the art of orienteering and navigation.
Through classroom instruction and practical application, students will become familiar with USGS topographical maps, a standard magnetic compass. They will also learn basic navigation skills, and which basic safety items to carry.
Registration is required, so go to http://www.register-ed.com/events/ view/85091 to reserve a spot.
For more information, visit cpw.state.co.us.
Field dressing class offered by CPW
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering “Field Dressing 101” for big-game hunters. The class will be at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.
The class is detailed and will include the use of real animals to provide thorough examples of how to properly field dress big game.
Registration is required and is limited to the first 40 students that sign-up. Visit http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/87706, or call 970-255-6100 to reserve your spot.
Instructors will demonstrate gutting and gutless methods of field processing, quartering, and suggestions for transporting the meat out of the field. Additional topics will include techniques for skinning with taxidermy in mind.
The seminar is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program. Through workshops, clinics, seminars, and educational hunts, the program appeals to diverse interests, backgrounds and levels of ability, helping novices learn about Colorado’s hunting heritage and traditions.
Anglers encouraged to salvage fish at Harvey Gap Reservoir north of Silt
Harvey Gap Reservoir north of Silt is being drained to inspect the dam outlet structure. To save as many fish as possible, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has authorized an emergency fish salvage at the reservoir. Using conventional, legal tackle only, anglers are encouraged to catch and keep as many fish as they can, including tiger muskie, northern pike, channel catfish, black crappie, trout, yellow perch, bluegill, and largemouth and smallmouth bass.
All anglers are required to have a valid Colorado fishing license and the usual restrictions will remain in place at all other lakes in the area, as well as throughout the state.
Harvey Gap State Park is a day-use area only; however, fishing is allowed throughout the night. Overnight camping and pets are prohibited. A valid park pass is required.
BLM will begin habitat improvement project near New Castle this week
The Bureau of Land Management expects work to begin this week on a 270-acre wildlife habitat improvement project south of New Castle on Center Mountain. Work will continue into September.
The project will create a patchwork of openings in thick, continuous stands of mountain shrubs using specialized mechanical equipment. Wildlife will benefit from the resulting new, nutritious plant growth in the openings and easier access through the area. Wildfire risk will be lessened by the breaks in the continuous vegetation.
No heavy equipment will be used during deer or elk rifle seasons.
A map of the treatment area and updates on project timing is available at http://www.blm.gov/crvfo/co. For additional information, call 970-876-9000.
Kokopelli Classic trail run is Saturday
The Kokopelli Classic trail run is Saturday in Loma.
There are 8- and 16-mile runs. The 16-miler starts at 7 a.m. with an entry fee of $50. The shorter run starts at 7:30 a.m. with an entry fee of $30. Race-day entries are an additional $5.
This is a benefit for Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team.
Information: http://www.mcsargt.com. Registration: www. active.com.
Rainbow Family gathering in Norwood
The Rainbow Family of Living Light is planning a regional gathering in the Beaver Park area of the Norwood Ranger District. The Forest Service is expecting between 450-500 people in the area for approximately 10-12 days.
U.S. Forest Service, Norwood District Ranger Matt Zumstein is focused on working collaboratively with the Rainbow Family to develop an operations plan that addresses the resource impacts and public safety issues that come with large numbers of people camping and using a concentrated area.
The Rainbow family has been gathering informally on different National Forests annually since 1972. Each year, the Forest Service encourages the group to work with the agency to follow conditions and guidelines set forth by a mutually agreed upon operating plan. The plan addresses public health and safety concerns, provides actions to minimize impacts to natural resources, and outlines post-event rehabilitation procedures.