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Camping rates increase at state parks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is raising state park camping rates by $2 for some types of campsites effective Nov. 1.

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International Space Station visible in Oct. sky

What's In the Sky

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Fall trip features unique waterfall

Fall trip features unique waterfall

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Oregon state park and trail closures ease

CORBETT (AP) — A handful of state-owned trails are reopening after being closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Monday re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.

Wildfires push Oregon hunters and hunted into new terrain

MEDFORD (AP) — Wildfires will displace both hunters and the hunted this fall as burning forests and backwoods public-safety closures push men and beasts into new haunts. Big-game animals such as deer and elk do fine in the face of wildfire, often showing uncanny abilities to stay ahead of encroaching flames or finding green oases amid a fire's roar. Creek anytime soon, they likely will feel at home in the smoky areas immediately around wildfires and closed areas, biologists say.

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Free Bird

A biologist spreads the wing of a wild hawk that had just been banded Sunday at Bonney Butte HawkWatch on the flanks of Mount Hood.

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Gorge trails may be closed for months

TROUTDALE (AP) — Hiking trails affected by an Oregon wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge might be closed for months, authorities said Monday.

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Target shooting, all campfires banned

Wildfires and extreme fire danger have prompted new fire restrictions and closures in the Mt. Hood National Forest. All campfires and target shooting are now prohibited across the forest.

OR lowers bag limits for summer steelhead

Deschutes summer steelhead impacted

PENDLETON (AP) — Opening day won't be an abundant day when summer steelhead season arrives Friday on the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week it's lowering the bag limit to one fish per day on both tributaries.

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Volunteers giving a gift that lasts a lifetime

Fly fishing class opens new horizons for local youth

MAUPIN – What started as a senior class project has turned into a popular physical education curriculum. Back in 2008, South Wasco County senior Kris Belozer organized a fly fishing program to help local youth understand the rules and regulations of the sport, while fishing renown bodies of water across the Pacific Northwest. His goal is to establish a baseline where kids gain a love for an activity that will last a lifetime.

Youth pheasant hunts coming to Tygh Valley

Young hunters, ages 17 and under, are invited to sign up now for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

Boat safety tips for eclipse event

Are you planning to be on the water for the eclipse? The Oregon State Marine Board, marine law enforcement and boating facility providers offer boating safety tips so everyone can have an unforgettable time on the water.

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Night Visitor

When Denise Ellis set up a trail camera in her backyard, she was hoping to catch photographs of raccoons at her fountain. Instead the camera, which is triggered automatically by heat and motion, caught this image of an owl visiting the fountain during the night.

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Free pheasant hunts open

SALEM — Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state, including Tygh Valley, in September.

Fishermen encouraged to use ‘best practices’

CLACKAMAS – Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

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