KNAPPA - The Gnat Creek Hatchery will hold a grand opening for the Upper Gnat Creek Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday at the hatchery, located at 92645 Gnat Hatchery Road, 18 miles east of Astoria on U.S. Highway 30.

Nearly 100 local Boy Scouts will be the first to blaze the trail following a ceremonial ribbon cutting by the Astoria Chamber Ambassadors.

The state departments of Forestry and Fish and Wildlife teamed with the Columbia River Estuary Study Task Force and Oregon State Extension Service to work on this project.

"Our different agencies came together with a vision to link our resources to create the best possible recreation and education opportunities for the public. Today, we're proud to be expanding and improving our exhibit with the addition of our newest trail," says Roger Warren, Gnat Creek Hatchery Manager.

The trail begins at Gnat Creek Hatchery and weaves through a working forest - one with an innovative plan for managing timber, protecting streams, developing young and old habitat for native wildlife and having scenic forests for Oregonians to enjoy.

For information, call (503) 455-2234.