Noncommercial rafters and driftboaters have until Monday evening, Jan. 30, to apply through a lottery system for a summer permit to boat through the Rogue River's 34-mile Wild and Scenic Section.
Only 120 people are allowed to launch daily during the regulated season between May 15 and Oct. 15 on this stretch between Rand and Agness, and half are private parties.
The lottery drawing will take place some time in February, with successful applicants to be notified in March.
The last names of successful applicants will be posted on the federal Bureau of Land Management's website (see Web address at right).
Boaters who don't get permits can buy canceled or unused permits beginning April 1 at the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand, 14335 Galice Road.
Applications cost $6 apiece, and applicants can be listed on just one application. That keeps people from shotgunning applications and cramping the system.
Applications and instructions forms can be obtained by calling 541-479-3735 or going online at www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue/floatspace-lottery.php.
Completed applications must be mailed, faxed or phoned in. They cannot be hand-delivered or completed online.
The latest phase of restoring Rogue River banks exposed by the removal of Gold Ray Dam begins Saturday with a tree-planting event in the former Tolo Slough.
Tolo Slough was one of the areas exposed for the first time in 106 years after the dam's removal in August.
Volunteer work crews will plant willow stakes, potted shrubs and trees in the newly exposed riparian area to help stabilize banks and curb erosion. Work is expected to run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The work is being organized by the Seven Basins Watershed Council, and volunteers are needed.
Interested people are asked to e-mail Seven_Basins_Watershed_Council@mail.vresp.com or call 541-261-7796.
Volunteers should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and boots that can handle mud. Bring work gloves if you have them. If not, organizers will have some available. Lunch is provided.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail email@example.com.