State agency plans tour, monthly meeting in Ontario

This photo shows an aerial view of Grassy Mountain south of Vale. The proposed site of a gold mine is among the planned stops on a tour members of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife will take while in town later this week.

ONTARIO — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be Malheur County this week, touring various sites around the county on Thursday and holding its monthly meeting on Friday at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. 

The tour will leave the Holiday Inn Express at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and its first stop will be sage grouse habitat along Twin Springs Road to look at fire impacts.

The second stop will be at Calico Resources Grassy Mountain Gold Mine site, also off of Twin Spring Road.

There will be lunch at the Owyhee Dam Park, followed by reports from a fish biologist, a private land owner and Bureau of Land Management officials. The last stop will be at the Skyline Recreation Access, north of Ontario 

Friday’s meeting, which starts at 8 a.m. in the Malheur and Snake River rooms at the Cultural Center, will include adoption of administrative fees, rules on disposition of elk taken to address wildlife damage and sturgeon angling sanctuaries upstream of Bonneville Dam.

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