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Lost Creek water releases to decrease

Water releases from Lost Creek Lake will drop by 50 cubic feet per second daily into the Rogue River this week as state and federal water managers complete their annual September drop in supplemented river flow.

The change in releases began Tuesday with a cut from 1,800 cfs to 1,750 cfs and will continue daily until the lake's discharge will be at 1,400 cfs Tuesday.

The daily cutbacks will be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 8 p.m. each evening, according to the Corps.

The September reductions are done to increase survival rates of juvenile salmon and steelhead now rearing in the Rogue, as well as herding wild fall chinook into the main channel for spawning. The herding helps decrease the number of fall chinook redds that would go dry and die when flows drop later in the fall before rains begin.

The changes are part of an overall water-release strategy developed by the Corps and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The cutbacks in water flows will make for navigational changes in the upper Rogue, where more rocks will be exposed and some side-channels will become too low for passage.

Water releases from Applegate Lake will remain at 250 cfs to maintain rearing area for juvenile salmon and steelhead. The flows out of that Corps reservoir have been constant throughout the summer.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's popular "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" series of workshops continues with two pheasant-hunting workshops planned this month.

One of the workshops will be Sept. 19-20 at the Klamath Wildlife Area outside of Klamath Falls and the other will be Sept. 25 at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis.

The workshops target women 18 years old and older who have either never hunted pheasants or are in need of a refresher course on the finer points of shotgun hunting for upland game birds.

The Klamath workshop costs $65, while the workshop at E.E. Wilson costs $25. All equipment, including shells, will be provided.

For more information and reservations, telephone Mark Newell at 503-947-6018 or e-mail him at mark.newell@state.or.us.

A paving project along Diamond Lake Loop Road began altering traffic around the lake this week, but Forest Service crews pledge to ensure clear passage on weekends throughout September.

Beginning this week, the road segment between Diamond Lake Resort and the entrance to Diamond Lake Campground may be closed temporarily or have traffic restricted to one lane with delays.

The paving project is centered on the 2.2 miles of roadway between Highway 138 and the Diamond Lake Campground. It effects the main entrance to the lake for those traveling from Jackson County.

This stretch of deteriorated road will be fixed, in part, with money supplied by the federal stimulus funds.

Northwest California fosters one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on earth. Science teacher Michael Kauffman will discuss the isolated microclimates that support these conifers Sept. 17.

Kauffman will share his range maps, and his new conifer poster will be available for purchase. The talk is in Room 171, Science Building, Southern Oregon University, Ashland. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.; meeting and presentation at 7:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Siskiyou Chapter. Everyone welcome. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler, 541-941-3744, for details.

A show Sept. 18-19 at the Medford Armory will feature collectible items for hunters and anglers.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Food is available. Free parking. Admission is $5. Vendor space is available. For details, contact Bob Simmons at 541-592-6009 or e-mail Bobkat87@frontiernet.net.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.