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Google has just announced a really cool project called the International Clean-Up Weekend. They are encouraging people to organize a small group and tackle local parks, beaches, trails and other hot spots and clean them up. They don't care if it is a large or small project. The key to it is that at the end of the day, the area you tackle will be cleaner then before. The cool part of this project is that they are using the full power of their maps software. You can create a small map of the area you are going to clean-up and they will feature it on the International Clean-Up Weekend site. Not interested in organizing a group? No friends? Search through the global map and meet some new friends at the local project already organized in your area. Of course I have no friends so looking through the map, I discovered that there is not a single project taking place in Canada! Come on Canada, it's a pig sty out there, get organized and get your project posted. Kazakhstan has more projects than we do! If you are interested in organizing a project and can't think of a place to start, come by my house. I have a really dirty kitchen that you can get started with. More Info: International Clean-UP Weekend
Wednesday, 03 October 2007

Kayak Angler Spawns Second Issue

After the successful launch of Kayak Angler magazine this spring, Scott MacGregor of Rapid Media announced last week that he will be publishing two issues of Kayak Angler magazine for the 2008 kayak fishing season. The Spring and Summer issues will be available in February and June at Kayak Angler's retail network of 660 paddling and fishing shops, on newsstands and now by subscription.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007

Winter PFD Law in Massachusetts

I was reading a letter to the editor today in the online version of The Sun Chronicle. The letter went on to complain to the editor that they published a photo of two canoeists last week out paddling. The problem was that they didn't have a PFD on. In the letter the author makes mention of a law in Massachusetts that stipulates that you must wear a properly fitting approved PFD between January 1-May 14 and September 15 to December 31. I had no idea that this rule was on the books. It seems bring a good compromise between cold water safety and those who complain that PFD are to hot in the summer and unnecessary. I am interested in hearing if this type of law is in effect where you live. Also do people know about it or is it one of those obscure rules like the one in Florida which states that "If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle." [lawguru.com]
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today announced the attendance of Mayor Royce Pollard at the OIA leadership and learning conference at the Vancouver-Hilton, in Vancouver, Washington this week. He will provide opening remarks at the event which draws nearly 300 hundred top level outdoor industry professionals to Vancouver for a three day conference called Rendezvous. Mayor Royce Pollard is scheduled to speak at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 3, at the Vancouver-Hilton.
Drowned Wildebeest Copyright, National Geographic How is that for an attention-grabbing headline? Well it is true. National Geographic posted a news report today from Kenya where they estimate up to 10,000 Wildebeest died while trying to cross a fast moving river during their annual migration. The animals jumped into the river and when they couldn't get up the bank on the other side, they quickly drowned or crushed with the 1000's of animals jumping in the water behind them. Conservation officers in the area said that animals drown every year but never at this type of scale. The 10,000 animals represent around 1% of the total herd.

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