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Drop-off stations set for tsunami debris

Southern Oregon beachcombers who stumble upon debris from last year's tsunami in Japan have five drop-off stations to dispose of their finds.

The group SOLVE will make cleanup bags available and has arranged to accept tsunami debris at 32 locations coastwide.

In Curry County, bags are available at Cape Blanco State Park and Humbug Mountain State Park near Port Orford and Harris Beach just north of Brookings.

Debris will be accepted also at two garbage transfer stations in Brookings: the Wridge Creek Transfer Station on Wilderness Road and the Curry Transfer Station, 17498 Carpenterville Road.

People can report debris by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-SAFENET if the material is too large or unsafe to transport themselves, including items such as tires.

Schedules vary for the drop-off locations, and visitors are encouraged to see www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/tsunami_debris.shtml for a digital map with a rundown of locations and hours.

The drop-off sites will accept debris only in official beach cleanup bags produced by SOLVE. Most of the small debris is rigid foam and plastic that should be placed in collection bags without breaking them up. Items with living organisms on them should be moved above high tide and reported to authorities to reduce the spread of invasive species.

Two members of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association garnered member-of-the-year awards recently during the OHA's statewide convention in Redmond.

Recent Phoenix High School graduate Tyler Dungannon won Youth Member of the Year, in part because of his senior project work of building, installing and monitoring a dozen mallard hen boxes in the Rogue Valley. Dungannon was able to confirm multiple nesting successes during his study and also created brochures he gave to fellow OHA members on how they can install hen boxes on their land.

Dungannon, whose father is OHA statewide secretary Duane Dungannon, also worked to gain grants to help other OHA chapters fund future nest-box construction projects.

Patty Kaiser of Eagle Point won the OHA's Organizational Member of the Year. Since she joined the chapter in 1996, Kaiser has served as the chapter's treasurer, secretary and newsletter editor. Some of her more recent chapter activities have included setting up the Bill Kirk Scholarship, co-organizing the chapter's Young Hunters Day at the Denman Wildlife Area and serving on the chapter's board of directors.

Visitors to six Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest campgrounds will see a $2 per night increase in camping fees beginning this month.

The increases are slated for the Farewell Bend and Union Creek campgrounds near Union Creek, Hamaker Campground near Prospect, Whiskey Springs Campground near Willow Lake, and the Fish Lake and Doe Point campgrounds at Fish Lake.

They are operated under a concessionaire's agreement by Prospect-based Rogue Recreation, Inc.

It's the first fee increase at the campgrounds in more than four years, says Wendy Goodboe from Rogue Recreation. The increase was needed to cover higher costs, she says.

Rates at the sites vary, and are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.