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HomeNL-2014-09 6 In the News

In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Powderhorn Ranch Becomes Largest Conservation Land Purchase in Texas History" (Calhoun County, TX)
"A multi-partner coalition including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation today announced the purchase of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County. The acquisition will conserve a spectacular piece of property that is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in the state. At $37.7 million it is the largest dollar amount ever raised for a conservation land purchase in the state. In years to come, Powderhorn Ranch is expected to become a state park and wildlife management area..."
Complete story: TPWD News, TPWD Images
Entry contributed by Kevin Carpenter.

"Brazos River canoe launch opens in Sugar Land " (Sugar Land, TX)
"The city of Sugar Land opened its first public canoe launch at U.S. Highway 59 and the Brazos River turnaround. The canoe launch is part of a larger initiative led by Fort Bend Green to designate the Brazos River within Fort Bend County as a Texas Parks and Wildlife official paddling trail..."
Complete story:
Entry contributed by Bob Naeger.

"Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop – Double Bayou Watershed" (Hankamer, TX)
"Texans love our many miles of beautiful streams. But how well do we really understand the inner workings of creeks and rivers? This workshop will help you to appreciate these waterways in a new and different way. It will use both classroom presentations and an outdoor stream walk to help you better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality..."
Complete story: Texas Water Resources Institute
Entry contributed by Tom Douglas.

"Greens Bayou Coalition works to make improvements" (Houston, TX)
"Along its 45-mile span from Jersey Village to the Houston Ship Channel, Greens Bayou passes neighborhoods and schools, hospitals and shopping centers, Bush Intercontinental Airport and the FM 1960 corridor. Since 2007, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition has been working to make improvements along the way. Most recently, it completed a strategic plan for a 27.5-mile bayou paddle trail..."
Complete story: Chronicle
Entry contributed by

"Cypress Creek Regatta" (Houston, TX)
"Here is a fun race for families and individuals of all ages and skill levels. The 7.5 mile ACA sanctioned race, will take you on the amazingly scenic stretch of Cypress Creek. You will see beautiful landscapes, birds, fish, and of course other racers..."
Complete story: Bayou Preservation Association
Entry contributed by Tom Douglas.

"Kayakers breach secure area at JFK airport" (New York City, NY)
"Two kayakers adrift in Jamaica Bay with just one paddle unwittingly breached Kennedy Airport’s $300 million perimeter detection system. They could have been spotted by a boat patrol — except there wasn’t one.  Jordan Crooms and Anthony Giglio set out at 11:30 p.m. Friday from a park across the bay from the airport. “We were just kayaking at night,” Crooms explained...”
Complete story: NY Post
Entry contributed by

"For 99th birthday, he wanted a canoe ride" (Milwaukee WI)
"Richard Franz of Milwaukee prefers to guard his full identity but not his age or his zest for life. When he turned 99 this month, he made a simple birthday request: to canoe the Milwaukee River. "I think it'll be a great adventure," Franz said. "And I don't want to give George Bush any credit, but if he can jump out of an airplane at 90 I know I can do something adventuresome, too..."
Complete story: Journal Sentinel
Entry contributed by

"LakeFest unofficially breaks Guinness World Record" (Weirs Beach, NH)
"An unofficial Guinness World Record was broken Sunday at the New Hampshire Lakes Association's LakeFest. An unbroken line of 396 canoes and kayaks which were lining Weirs Beach left the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee at once, unofficially beating a record set in Hobart, Tasmania of 308 boats..."
Complete story: WMUR
Entry contributed by

"Photographer Christopher Boffoli Uses Art to Underscore America’s Obsession With Food" (Seattle, WA)
"Even if you haven't heard of Christopher Boffoli, the Seattle-based artist behind "Big Appetites," you've probably seen his imaginative photos. Boffoli's signature style is juxtaposing tiny toy figures with real, human-size food..."
Complete story: Grub Street
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Canoe craze marked by romance, ribaldry" (Minnesota)
"Once, people canoodled in canoes.  At one time, the number of couples cuddling in canoes grabbed headlines, spawned park police patrols and saw metaphorical lines drawn in the sand about naughty boat names.  Local historian David Smith unearthed this more salacious part of canoe history while researching the canoe craze of the early 1900s..."
Complete story: Star Tribune
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Alligator jumps into canoe and bites woman" (Tampa, FL)
"A woman was reportedly attacked Thursday by an alligator at John Sargeant Park on the Hillsborough River in Florida. Initial reports indicate two women visiting from Ohio were canoeing on the Hillsborough River around 1:45 p.m. when a 6-foot gator jumped out of the water and bit one of the women in a thigh and calf..."
Complete story: CNN
Entry contributed by

"Don Greene, defender of Buffalo Bayou, has died" (Houston, TX)
"Don Greene has taken his last trip. Don, beloved and admired by many, was an ardent defender of Buffalo Bayou for more than forty years. He knew its history, geology, and ecology. He was one of Houston’s most dedicated conservationists. Don, founder of Whitewater Experience in 1975, educated several generations of people about our bayous and rivers, here in Houston and across Texas and New Mexico and into Mexico..."
Complete story:
Entry contributed by Louis Aulbach.