For Winning the American Canoe Association’s Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation Award
There once was a creek in Freeport
Yellow was its name
And paddlers needed to report
When launching a canoe in the same
A written permit was needed
To put in a river just knee deep
So for help they came asking
And dozens of letters were tasking
The City Officials for permits
When one of them finally said “That’s it –
no more written requests to go paddling.”
And even a launch site was opened.
Which was more than the paddlers had hopened! (it had to rhyme)
And the rest is history!
This was the beginning of the involvement of Joe Ginger, Lee Butler, Roger Schamberger, and the many friends who eventually formed www.paddlethepec.com and the Friends of the Pecatonica Foundation (http://pecriver.org/) to help restore, appreciate and celebrate, a nearby river – the Pecatonica.
Their efforts over the past decade are deservedly recognized by the American Canoe Association with their Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation Award.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE FRIENDS OF THE PECATONICA FOUNDATION
Check out the Friendliest Paddle in Illinois here, and join the Friends on one of the many trips they offer.