Outdoor news in brief

Snake River Cutthroats to host fly-tying event

The Snake River Cutthroats fly fishing club will host “Tie one on,” a fly tying demonstration Tuesday at the Tap-N-Fill, 1494 Milligan Rd. in Idaho Falls.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. fly fishing expert Mike Glissmeyer will be tying flies that work locally. Glissmeyer grew up in a fly-fishing family and it quickly became his passion. For the last 16 years he has lived in southeast Idaho. He currently lives in Rigby with his wife and daughter and manages Idaho Fishing Outfitters.

For more information, visit snakerivercutthroats.org.

Forest Service map prices to increase Jan. 1

For the first time in 10 years, people will have to pay more for U.S. Forest Service maps.

Starting Jan. 1 the price for Forest Service paper and plastic-coated maps will increase to $14.

According to a Forest Service news release, maps are continually updated and enhanced. The release said the Forest Service expects to shorten the revision cycle as cartographers continue to apply new digital technology to the map revision process.

The Forest Service is also working to increase the availability of digital maps. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded at avenza.com/pdf-maps/store at a cost of $4.99 per side.

Maps are available for sale at all Salmon-Challis National Forest district offices in Challis, Leadore, Mackay, North Fork, and the Public Lands Center in Salmon.

They can also be ordered online at NationalForestStore.com, by phone at 406-329-3024 or by mail at USDA Forest Service National Forest Store, P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, MT 59807.

Annual Avalanche Awareness Night scheduled

The ninth annual Avalanche Awareness Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Taylorview Middle School auditorium.

The course, presented by the Idaho Falls Ski Club, The American Avalanche Institute and Wray and Lani Landon, is free and open to the public.

It will focus on material that is important to anyone considering venturing into the winter backcountry. It also provides refresher material for experienced backcountry users. Content includes:

• The fundamentals of snowpack, weather, and terrain

• Avalanche forecast bulletins

• Backcountry decision-making basics

• Current season snowpack overview

For more information, call Wray 208-521-2783 or Lani at 208-757-9287.

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