LONG BEACH - Volunteers are needed to help kick off the inaugural opening of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuges Salmon Trail during this coming fall salmon spawning season. Normally, the Salmon Trail is open only Monday through Friday, but the refuge would like visitors to be able to view the salmon run on weekends as well during the spawning season.

Planned dates include; weekends of Oct. 30-31, Nov. 6-7, Nov. 13-14, as well as either Oct. 23-24 or Nov. 20-21 based on when the salmon starts coming in. Shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1 p.m. to-4 p.m. A training/orientation session will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Refuge Headquarters.

Volunteers' main duties will be: 1) answering basic questions; 2) supervising the trail. Other duties may be included. Backpacks with field guides, information on trail history, salmon biology, etc. will be provided to volunteers.

The trail opening this fall marks the fourth year of returning salmon on a restoration project that began eight years ago. The restoration project yielded a record return of chum salmon to the creek last year.

For questions or information, contact Kristine Massin, Outdoor Recreational Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, (360) 484-3482 or (kristine_massin@fws.gov).

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