Advisory council meets on Dec. 4

PENDLETON - The John Day/Snake Resource Advisory Council will meet 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Oxford Suites, 2400 S.W. Court Place, in Pendleton. Public comment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Written comments also will be accepted.

Steve Courtney of John Day is the local timber industry representative. This federally chartered citizens group advises Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service managers on issues affecting the John Day River Basin and a portion of the lower Snake River Basin.

Discussions on Dec. 4 will focus on the National Conference for Resource Advisory Councils, BLM National Mountain Biking Strategy, Blue Mountains Demonstration Area Vegetative Assessment, Forest Service Invasive Plants environmental impact statement, BLM's Vegetation Treatment Programmatic environmental impact statement, Oregon Sage Grouse and Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Team Charter, mountain quail translocations in Eastern Oregon and several other topics.

For more information, contact Virginia Gibbons at 416-6700, Prineville Bureau of Land Management, 3050 N.E. Third St., Prineville, OR 97754.

Steens Mountain council discusses proposed zoning

HINES - The Steens Mountain Advisory Council will hold its next two-day meeting 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2-3, at the Burns District BLM office at 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines.

Monday's session will focus on recreation and wilderness issues as well as proposed zoning in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols will give a presentation on scenic byways. On Tuesday, the SMAC will concentrate on transportation classification and maintenance procedures.

The public is invited to attend. Public comment will be scheduled at 11 a.m. each day.

For more information, call 573-4400 or access the Steens Web site at www.or.blm.gov/Steens.

Free snowshoe program offered

BEND - An hour-long introduction to showshoes and eco-tour at Mt. Bachelor is provided by the Deschutes National Forest in partnership with the Northwest Interpretive Association.

Snowshoe Eco-tours at Mt. Bachelor are offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 from Dec. 21-Jan. 5. The free program, with snowshoes provided, leaves from the Forest Service shed next to the ticket office in Mt. Bachelor's parking lot. Reservations are recommended for groups of eight or more by calling 383-4771.

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