Invasive species permits for boaters available online

Canoers, kayakers and other paddlers whose aquatic invasive species prevention permits expire Dec. 31 can get permits for 2014 and beyond without leaving home.

The annual, $5 permits, or the $10, two-year permits, can be purchased online through the Oregon State Marine Board.

The permits are required for any boat that does not fall under registration through the Marine Board's regular boat-registration process. Those who register motorboats pay the invasive-species fee when they purchase their two-year registration renewals, according to the Marine Board.

Out-of-state annual permits for trailered motorboats also are available online for $20. The permits are for out-of-state boaters who have a current registration in their home state but who use the boat in Oregon.

Find the invasive species permits at the Marine Board website at

Money from the permits is used to fund an invasive species prevention program run jointly by the Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

New Year's Day hikes

TouVelle and Valley of the Rogue state parks will join 26 other state parks across Oregon in offering free guided hikes to usher in 2014.

It's the third year that the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department has offered the New Year's Day hikes as a way of helping people to start the new year outside. It's part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by the group America's State Parks.

Day-use fees are waived Jan. 1 for hike participants. Last year's events drew 420 hikers.

The TouVelle hike will run from 11 a.m. to noon, with participants meeting at the park's Picnic Area A.

The Valley of the Rogue hike will run from 10 a.m. to noon, with participants meeting at the program area, organizers said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or

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