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Volunteers set for cleanup day at McGregor Park area

Outdoor Notes

TRAIL ' Volunteers will descend Sept. 18 upon the McGregor Park area of the upper Rogue River for a cleanup day meant to help wildlife and the environment.

The target of the cleanup is monofilament fishing line and other debris in the park area from the Highway 62 bridge upstream toward Cole Rivers Hatchery.

The cleanup was scheduled by a series of governmental agencies and groups as part of the nationwide Public Lands Day.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the McGregor Park Visitor Center, just off Highway 62 about 32 miles north of Medford. From there, groups will disperse to pick up monofilament line and other debris along the river banks. Cleanup ends at noon.

Participants should bring a sack lunch and remain after the cleanup to enjoy the park. A Bureau of Land Management naturalist has also planned a 1:30 p.m. nature walk.

— After the cleanup at McGregor Park, the fishing line will be gathered, weighed, and put on display at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. A permanent display at the McGregor Park Visitor Center will follow.

Monofilament fishing line can be recycled but it lasts up to 600 years in the outdoors. Clusters of discarded line have accumulated this year at several popular bank-fishing spots along the upper Rogue.

Birds and other wildlife can become entangled in the line or ingest it.

The cleanup is sponsored by the BLM as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Rogue Valley Audubon Society, Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

THE ROGUE FLYFISHERS ASSOCIATION will hold its regular monthly meeting Sept. 15 at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Bob Quigley and Mike Ireland will be the featured speakers and will present a slide show entitled Saltwater Fly Fishing in Baja. Guests are welcome.

The meeting starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. A &

36;14 buffet-style dinner is also available.

For more information, call 541-858-5981 or visit on the Web.

MORE THAN 1,504 APPLIED for 1,175 permits to harvest sage grouse in eastern Oregon hunting units last week under a random controlled-hunt drawing to dole out grouse tags for the upcoming hunt.

Successful applicants will be hunting Sept. 11-15 in 13 wildlife units of eastern Oregon, with the daily and season limits remaining two sage grouse.

The controlled-hunt random drawing was held Sept. — in Salem. Successful applicants were mailed packages this week encouraging them to save and return one wing from each harvested bird.

Some hunter-harvested sage grouse in Lake, Malheur and Harney counties will be tested for the presence of the West Nile virus as well as various parasites and diseases, according to the ODFW.

In all, 11 of the 13 sage-grouse hunting units had their full complement of permits awarded through the controlled hunt draw.

Hunters who were successful in the drawing can buy their permit any time between now and the end of the season.

THE MIDDLE ROGUE STEELHEADERS Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual fund-raising salmon-fishing derby Saturday along the Rogue River.

The Grants Pass-based group will host 30 two-person teams who will fish for fall chinook salmon. They will vie for prizes based on the dressed-weight of the salmon they catch.

It is the chapter's lone fund-raiser, and the proceeds go toward habitat-improvement projects in the Rogue basin as well as activities and projects that help anglers.

The derby is preceded by a banquet-auction Friday night at The Riverside Inn and Convention Center in Grants Pass.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail