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Firewood-cutting work parties planned Saturday

Local snowmobile and cross-country ski clubs are organizing firewood-cutting work parties on Saturday, Nov. 9, to cut, split and stack firewood for several shelters in the High Lakes area, including South Brown Mountain, Four Mile Lake, Big Meadow and Summit (if skiers participate). Meet at the Great Meadow Sno-Park near Lake of the Woods at 8:30 a.m. if you can help.

George Gregory at Lake of the Woods, 866-201-4194 or lowoffice@aol.com, is the contact for snowmobilers.

Stefanie Ferrara, 541-890-2979, of the Southern Oregon Nordic Club, is the contact for skiers with questions.

"We do it every year, and we're trying to get snowmobilers and skiers to work together," says Gregory, a member of the Klamath Basin SnowDrifters snowmobile club.

Snowshoers are welcome to help, too, Ferrara adds.

Bring gloves and good boots. If you have a splitting maul, please bring it.

If you do not have a Forest Service/BLM chain saw certification, then do not bring your chain saw.

Boat owners with registration decals that expire at the end of 2013 should have received a renewal notice in the mail this past week.

The Oregon State Marine Board last week began mailing renewal notices to the owners of about 90,000 boats whose registrations expire Dec. 31. That's up from about 82,000 renewal notices mailed out at the same time last year, according to the Marine Board.

Boat registrations in Oregon last for two years, and roughly half of the registrations are up for renewal each year.

To renew your registration, find the boat registration number and PIN on the renewal notice. Then either visit the Marine Board's website at www.boatoregon.com or call 503-378-8587.

There is no processing fee. Payments vary based on the length of the boat, with the fee at $3 per linear foot. Each boat's registration cost is listed on the renewal notice.

The cost includes a $5 surcharge for the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, which was created by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to curb the introduction of non-native aquatic species such as quagga mussels. It's the same fee paid by users of kayaks, canoes and other boats on Oregon waterways.

The fee is an additional charge on top of the boat registration, which has not increased.

Those who register online can print out a temporary permit. Decals will be mailed five to seven business days after renewal.

The Grants Pass-based Southern Oregon Fly Fishers will hold its annual fundraising dinner Saturday at the Taprock Event Center, 955 S.E. Seventh St., in Grants Pass.

The event includes a silent auction and bucket raffle that will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The monthly club meeting will run for about 30 minutes before the 7 p.m. dinner.

The main fundraiser is the live auction that is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Offered will be fly-fishing equipment, trips and more.

For reservations, email info@soff.org or call 541-955-4718.

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