Outside Briefs, June 11, 2016

Women’s Cast and Blast event is June 26

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the National Rifle Association are partnering to offer a free, women-only Cast and Blast on June 26, in Basalt. All women 18 and older interested in learning how to fly fish and use shotguns safely are encouraged to apply.

Offered through Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, women-only Cast and Blast seminars are among the most popular and fill quickly. For details and registration, contact CPW’s Education Office at 970-255-6181. A $20 refundable deposit is required upon registration.

“This class is designed as an entry-level clinic teaching basic techniques in a comfortable environment for women,” District Wildlife Manager and instructor Matt Yamashita of Basalt said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to take the first steps toward getting involved with hunting and fishing in Colorado.” 

CPW staff and volunteers will provide guidance and expertise during the day-long event, demonstrating the basics of fly fishing such as knot-tying and casting during the morning session. After class instruction, participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills and techniques on the water.

The afternoon session focuses on shotgun safety and basic shooting techniques, concluding with shooting clay targets on a trap range.

A valid fishing license is required for participants and can be purchased at a CPW office, sporting goods store, fly shop or online at http://www.cpw.state.co.us.

Participants are encouraged to dress for outdoor condition and bring their own lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear and any other personal supplies.

For more information, go to http://www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HunterOutreach.aspx

Black Canyon Audubon Society dinner on June 21 features Arden Anderson


The Parks and Wildlife of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies will be the featured presentation at the annual dinner of the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society on June 21 at Remington’s Restaurant in Montrose.

Gunnison biologist and photographer Arden Anderson recently spent four months traveling in Alaska from Ketchikan to Barrow, the northern most point of the United States, by boat, kayak, plane, motor vehicle and on foot to track where the birds migrating through Colorado in the spring end their journey.

The public is invited to attend the dinner and happy hour, which begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by downloading the form at the BCAS website: http://www.blackcanyonaudubon. org/ or by calling Dian Torphy, 303-709-4386.

Improvements proposed on aging Elk Creek Visitor Center near Blue Mesa


The Curecanti National Recreation Area, next to Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, is looking to rehabilitate the Elk Creek Visitor Center. The visitor center is a component of the Elk Creek development that includes campgrounds with comfort stations and an amphitheater, a maintenance area, a residential area, and marina. The Elk Creek development was designed and built from 1962 to 1973 as part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 Program and the visitor center was constructed in 1968. The visitor center is eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The proposed rehabilitation, which would provide better access, addresses long overdue deferred maintenance and would reduce building operating costs.

To comment upon the proposed rehabilitation, go to the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment site or written comments may be addressed to Elk Creek Visitor Center Rehabilitation, Curecanti National Recreation Area, 102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, 81230. Comments should be received by July 15, 2016. 

Hanging Lake Trail closed Monday, Tuesday


The popular Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon will be closed Monday and Tuesday for a second round of maintenance.

With an average of 1,000 visitors a day hiking the trail in the summer, the trail to the lake is in need of repair.

The trail was recently closed so crews could move large rocks and replace a handrail foundation. During this second of three closures this summer, a Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crew will remove graffiti, repaint bridges and benches, and reconstruct rock bridge abutments.

The main trail to Hanging Lake will reopen Wednesday, but the trail to Spouting Rock will remain to be closed through Thursday as crews build rock steps into the hillside.

Hanging Lake Trail will close again on Sept. 10 for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers’ annual work day.

For more information on the management of Hanging Lake, contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715. 


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