Paddling Raft-Up November 6, 2007

Tuesday, 06 November 2007
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It has been a while since the last raft-up that I thought I would check in on what is going on in the outdoors these days.

Beavers are running amok in some parts of Alaska.
Apparently there are so many Beavers in the Dredge Lake area, that forestry officials are proposing bringing in a trapper over the winter to take a bunch of the critters out. In the past, they have live trapped and relocated but it has proved to be inefficient.

More info: JueneauEmpire.com

Energy Company Honors prAna, Patagonia, REI, Timberland For Environmental Conscience
Timothy Treadwell, Environmental Director at Juice Energy, Inc. recently awarded 10 companies including prAna, Patagoinie, REI and Timberland as frontrunners in the shift to green business.

Via: Inside Outdoor Retailer
More info: EarthTimes.org

City workers destroy wigwam
Last Thursday city workers in Middletown, Connecticut took down a wigwam in Harbor Park. City officials called it a tinderbox after discovering that there was an open fire inside. The artist who assembled the structure said it was part of a large heritage education program that also involved constructing dug out canoes.

More info: The Middletown Press

Thank the Good Lord it is fake!
Australia Shark Surfer
The doctored composite photo of a shark and a surfer
The photo on the right shows a great white shark apparently stalking an unsuspecting board-rider off Australia's NSW Mid North Coast. It has been traveling around the surfing boards and people's inboxes like wildfire.

It has been discovered that it is a doctored photo.

Professional photographer Shane Chalker, a keen surfer, told The Sun-Herald yesterday that he spotted the board-rider and shark - five minutes and 500 metres apart - while a passenger in a microlight flying along Elim Beach, near Booti Booti.

He took shots of both, then, as a lark, combined the images on his computer, making the shark look triple its size, before giving a print to a friend.

"I designed it to entertain a friend for a laugh and I never expected it would go further," he said.

Thank goodness. I was starting to think that it was much safer to just stay at home and watch TV.

More info: UnderwaterTimes.com

White Squall - The 4th Best Outfitter in the World
Finally, a big congrats goes out to out close friends at White Squall, Parry Sound, Ontario. They recently were awarded 4th place by National Geographic Adventures "Best Outfitters on Earth Survey" in the Paddlesports Category! Yeah!

The survey involved both a company response and participant satisfaction to generate the final tally.

Here is the link to White Squalls profile.

Overall there were 93 paddlesport companies that responded to the survey.

It has been a while since the last raft-up that I thought I would check in on what is going on in the outdoors these days.

Beavers are running amok in some parts of Alaska.
Apparently there are so many Beavers in the Dredge Lake area, that forestry officials are proposing bringing in a trapper over the winter to take a bunch of the critters out. In the past, they have live trapped and relocated but it has proved to be inefficient.

More info: JueneauEmpire.com


Energy Company Honors prAna, Patagonia, REI, Timberland For Environmental Conscience
Timothy Treadwell, Environmental Director at Juice Energy, Inc. recently awarded 10 companies including prAna, Patagoinie, REI and Timberland as frontrunners in the shift to green business.

Via: Inside Outdoor Retailer
More info: EarthTimes.org


City workers destroy wigwam
Last Thursday city workers in Middletown, Connecticut took down a wigwam in Harbor Park. City officials called it a tinderbox after discovering that there was an open fire inside. The artist who assembled the structure said it was part of a large heritage education program that also involved constructing dug out canoes.

More info: The Middletown Press


Thank the Good Lord it is fake!
Australia Shark Surfer
The doctored composite photo of a shark and a surfer
The photo on the right shows a great white shark apparently stalking an unsuspecting board-rider off Australia's NSW Mid North Coast. It has been traveling around the surfing boards and people's inboxes like wildfire.

It has been discovered that it is a doctored photo.

Professional photographer Shane Chalker, a keen surfer, told The Sun-Herald yesterday that he spotted the board-rider and shark - five minutes and 500 metres apart - while a passenger in a microlight flying along Elim Beach, near Booti Booti.

He took shots of both, then, as a lark, combined the images on his computer, making the shark look triple its size, before giving a print to a friend.

"I designed it to entertain a friend for a laugh and I never expected it would go further," he said.

Thank goodness. I was starting to think that it was much safer to just stay at home and watch TV.

More info: UnderwaterTimes.com


White Squall - The 4th Best Outfitter in the World
Finally, a big congrats goes out to out close friends at White Squall, Parry Sound, Ontario. They recently were awarded 4th place by National Geographic Adventures "Best Outfitters on Earth Survey" in the Paddlesports Category! Yeah!

The survey involved both a company response and participant satisfaction to generate the final tally.

Here is the link to White Squalls profile.

Overall there were 93 paddlesport companies that responded to the survey.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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