Refuge Friends plan volunteer day on Sept. 4

Refuge Friends plan volunteer day on Sept. 4

WILLAPA REFUGE - Saturday, Sept. 4, is Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge's next "First Saturday" volunteer day. This special invite is extended to all non-local Friends members who will be visiting for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Head out to the refuge headquarters to help them plant trees and shrubs along the Cutthroat Climb and Salmon Interpretive Trail.

All ages and abilities are welcome; the group has plenty of tasks for everyone's contributions, from plantings and bark dust to trail maintenance.

The project will start at 9 a.m. and all will be finished by 2 p.m. at the latest. All you'll need to bring are work gloves and sturdy footwear; all needed tools will be provided.

Send an e-mail to volunteer coordinator Kelly Rupp at to confirm your interest in joining the effort, or to ask questions.

The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge also recently selected the winning photos for their 2011 Willapa Refuge calendar. Due to a mix-up, a recent notice in the Observer referred to last year's calendar. The winners of the 2011 photo contest include Peggy Bleckov, Louis Champan, Dr. Madeline Kalbach, Jennie Kendrick, Cathy Russ, Michael Campellone, Kristine Lashley and Suzy Whittey.

These are some of the places the 2011 Willapa Refuge calendar will be available: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Time Enough Books in Ilwaco, the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor Center and in Long Beach, and Oysterville Sea Farms in Oysterville.

For more information, see ( or make an inquiry via e-mail to (

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