By Sigrid Pilgrim
LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING – THAT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT SIZE –
WON’T BE RETURNED – DOESN’T TAKE UP SHELF SPACE AND ABOVE ALL….
BENEFITS YOU, YOUR RELATIVE, FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, COLLEAGUE AND PADDLERS
Give a gift membership to any one of these national, state, and local organizations.
Many come with interesting monthly magazines as well. Read more about each on their websites. Then chose one or more for the gift membership that best fits you and your recipient’s interests.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY – www.nature.org/ – its mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. Chapters are located in all 50 states and 35 countries. Closer to home, the organization has recently reintroduced Bison in the Nachusa Grasslands Preserve.
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL – www.nrdc.org – is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of more than 2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.
SIERRA CLUB – www.sierraclub.org – Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
AMERICAN RIVERS – www.americanrivers.org – protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers®
RIVER NETWORK – www.rivernetwork.org – envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers by empowering and uniting people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. River Network’s work is primarily focused on helping small and medium size organizations working at the local level who provide a voice for the needs of specific rivers and their watersheds by providing resources and expertise in three areas essential to healthy rivers.
AMERICAN WHITEWATER – www.americanwhitewater.org – conserves and restores America’s whitewater resources and works to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.
AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION – www.americancanoe.org – founded in 1880, is the oldest sports association in the U.S serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.
PRAIRIE RIVERS NETWORKS – www.prairierivers.org – advocate for clean water and healthy rivers in Illinois. PRN champions clean, healthy rivers and lakes and safe drinking water to benefit the people and wildlife of Illinois. Drawing upon sound science and working cooperatively with others, PRN advocates public policies and cultural values that sustain the ecological health and biological diversity of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
ALLIANCE FOR THE GREAT LAKES – www.greatlakes.org – the organization’s mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.
OPENLANDS – www.openlands.org – protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife. Openlands’ vision for the region is a landscape that includes a vast network of land and water trail believing that protected open space is critical for the quality of life of our region.
On a slightly different theme – consider giving a gift subscription to SILENT SPORTS magazine. This monthly publication covers all self-propelled sports in the Midwest and is a great resource for places to paddle, bike, hike, ski, and for events you may not know about. Subscriptions are $24.95 for twelve issues. Thank you SILENT SPORTS for donating two annual subscriptions to our door prize raffle at our annual dinner.
Joel Patenaude, Editor,Silent Sports Magazine, 715/258-4354, P.O. Box 620583, Middleton, WI 53562
ILLINOIS PADDLING COUNCIL – www.illinoispaddling.org – brings you this list of Holiday Gift Giving Opportunities, hoping that you may also consider joining or renewing your membership in our organization. If you have renewed after July 1, 2015, your membership will extend through 2016, but of course, we will always welcome early renewals. THANK YOU.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A GOOD NEW PADDLING YEAR