Archive for January, 2008
STOP PEBBLE MINE
The Pebble Partnership, comprised of the worlds second largest multinational mining corporation, Anglo American, in partnership with mining junior Northern Dynasty, wants to create one of North America’s largest open-pit gold-copper mega mines within a much larger potential mining district in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine complex, covering some 15 square miles, would include the largest dam in the world, larger than Three Gorges Dam in China, made of earth not concrete, to hold back the toxic waste created in the mining process. Over its lifetime, Pebble will produce 2.5 BILLION TONS of waste.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Pebble Mine site lies on state land in the heart of WORLD CLASS TROUT and SALMON STREAMS, a land veined with brooks and rivulets, riddled with pools and puddles. In addition, Bristol Bay is home to the WORLD’S LARGEST commercial wild salmon fishery; many of those fish spawn in the Kvichak and other tributaries in the Iliamna Lake area.
While Pebble directly threatens the health of our Bristol Bay fisheries, equally disturbing is the Federal Bureau of Land Management and Department of the Interior’s proposed land management plan which recommends opening over a million acres of pristine federal wild lands in Bristol Bay to hard rock mining, a dangerous move for fish and people living in the region. Not only would the planned “Bristol Bay Mining District” mar the region’s remarkably wild and beautiful landscape, but it risks grave consequences for the health of all living things downstream.
The harvest and processing of Bristol Bay fish generates nearly $320 million a year and provides jobs for some 12,500 people. Sport fishermen spend nearly $60 million a year to experience the prize fishing in this area.
Year after year, Bristol Bay produces MILLIONS OF FISH worth hundreds of millions of dollars, like no other place in the world.
Check out filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media’s blog about the production of their documentary on Bristol Bay’s world renowned fisheries and pristine waters. See some amazing photos and laugh about the day-to-day challenges of the production of this amazing film. »Read their blog
Learn More @ www.savebristolbay.org
The 4th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge was held this past Saturday to raise money for NC Children’s Hospital. Over 3000 runners gathered at the NCSU Belltower to take the challenge:
1) Run 2 miles from the NC State Belltower to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street
2) Eat 1 dozen donuts
3) Run 2 miles back to the Belltower
4) Do all this in under one hour
Grand Prize Winner: Ed Ziegler
RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 15, 2008) – Wildlife in North Carolina magazine is proud to announce the 2007 photo-competition winners, now on display in the January issue and at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.
Raleigh resident Ed Ziegler’s image of a school of white mullet in a wave at Emerald Isle captured grand prize honors and the cover of the magazine.
Thirty-one award winning pictures from the third annual competition are on exhibit through March 31 at the museum. A gallery of winners is also posted on the Commission’s Website at www.ncwildlife.org. Developed through a partnership of the magazine and the museum, the competition is intended to promote high-quality nature photography and identify talented wildlife photographers working in North Carolina.
Ziegler was walking on the beach at Emerald Isle the week after Labor Day 2007, looking for birds to photograph. As he gazed out into the rolling waves in the early morning light, he realized that he could see schools of fish moving down the beach as each wave peaked. “The waves were alive with fish,” he said. Ziegler took photos of the migrating white mullet for a while, producing a photograph that clearly shows the fish “surfing” down the beach in a green wave backed by a blue-green sea.
In the competition’s third year, 1,019 photographers submitted 5,484 photographs, including 136 young shutterbugs in the two youth categories. The most popular subject was Birds (907 entries), followed closely by Invertebrates (884) and the landscape category, Peaks, Valleys and Plains (810). Wild Plants received 773 entries and Reptiles
& Amphibians 543, rounding out the top five categories.
“The photos entered exceeded expectations again this year,” said Wildlife in North Carolina editor Greg Jenkins. “We hope that seeing the winning pictures will inspire people to learn more about nature photography and to enjoy North Carolina’s many wild places.”
Competition judges included Wildlife in North Carolina Art Director Victoria Cumbee; the magazine’s photographer, Melissa McGaw; Mike Dunn, coordinator of teacher education for the museum; and professional wildlife photographer F. Eugene Hester, a perennial winner in the Outdoor Writers Association of America photo competition.
This just in……We wouldn’t be in business without you, so we wanted you to be the first to know: Great Outdoor Provision Co. has just been named a finalist for the Outdoor Industry Association Ambassador Award, given each year by the Outdoor Industry Association. The Ambassador Award “recognizes a company that has made significant and ongoing achievements toward the growth of participation in outdoor activities.” And although winning the award would be nice, it’s an honor even to be nominated, especially considering whom we’re up against: The Sierra Club and the Coleman Co. (yes, the lantern and camping-equipment maker). The winner will be announced next week at our big industry trade show in Salt Late City, so stay tuned!
If you run, walk, or bike in Umstead you are probably aware that parking has been eliminated from all but the main entrances. The following petition is an attempt to get this restored if possible.
Our Friend Burt Kornegay from Slickrock Expeditions will be presenting “Canoeing 2008.” Drawing on slides, stories, and 25 years of adventure and experience as a guide, he’ll give a personal account of what it means to canoe wild rivers today-the boats and gear needed, the skills to have, and the pleasures to be found. You’ll also learn about some of the best places to paddle in the U.S., from remote, twisty channels in the South to stunning western rivers. Slickrock Vets will be honored guests! All shows start at 7:00 PM.
“Half the fun of being a canoeist is sharing a river with your friends. You can take them with you or tell them about it or show them slides.” ~ Bill Mason, in “Wild Waters”
First of all, do not panic. Unless the rod is somehow holding the door closed on a burning car with a baby trapped inside, which is highly unlikely, time is on your side.
Get a helper: Four hands are better than two. Both of you clean your hands. Get rid of anything that would make your hands slippery like grease from your fried chicken lunch, Dapper Dan hair treatment, 10W40, etc. Also clean the rod. Use rubbing alcohol for this. Now get one guy on either side of the ferrule and pull. Make sure your hands are away from the guides and you are pulling straight!
Chill Out: Often the reason the rod is stuck is that it was put together when cool and now it’s warm. This tightens the connection. Lay the rod on a table and put a bag of ice on the ferrule for 20 minutes or so. Then follow the instructions above. In the field I’ve submerged rods in the river for a while to cool them off. I’ve never had this fail.
Twist the rod. Use pliers, wire cutters, vice grips, bench vices or any other mechanical equipment to hold the rod. Use the guides to get a better grip on the rod. Heat the rod with a lighter, blow torch, candle, match, friendly dragon, or any other heat source (heat is really bad for epoxy.)
- Scott Wood, Fly Fishing Product Manager