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No April Meeting
As I’m sure you would expect, there will be no group meetings until further notice.
John Day River Permits Now on Sale
Permits ranging from $16 to $26 will be required this year, for running the river between May 1 and July 15. The various permits went on sale March 4. The Statesman Journal provides details: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/02/29/john-day-river-float-permits-clarno-cottonwood-service-creek-painted-hills/4874115002/
OSMB Seeking Newberg Pool Rules Comment
The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking public comment on proposed rules for towed watersport equipment. The proposed rules are intended to limit conflicts and environmental damage caused by the operation of these devices. You can find the rules, here: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Documents/Rulemaking/RulemakingNotice_NewbergPool.pdf
Comments will be accepted through March 22, and may be directed here: email@example.com
People’s Poll Wildlife Photo Winners
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award is out, and the BBC provides a dazzling gallery of the top images that competed: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51465064
Underwater Photographer of the Year
French photographer Greg Lecoeur has won this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year Award. His thrilling photo of seals playing around an iceberg can be found on this Smithsonian page, along with some breathtaking category winners: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dazzling-display-seals-wins-2020-underwater-photographer-year-award-180974266/
Thomas Creek, Gilkey Bridge to Jefferson – Class 1 Whitewater – length 7 ± mi.
Join us for a first spring fling on a popular, fun, but flow dependent local run. We will watch the water levels, and redirect if need be.
Zach Urness Visits the Illinois River
The Statesman Journal reporter took a whitewater rafting journey on Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Illinois River, and has the photos to prove it. The Illinois is highly regarded for its rapids, and is considered a challenge for even world-class boaters. https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2017/02/15/illinois-river-rafting-green-wall-oregon-rogue-kayaking/97949480/
Updated Tide Tables and River Conditions Links
The Cascades Paddlers River Conditions Page, a handy list of links featuring river and environmental conditions reports, has been updated. A link to NOAA’s tide prediction services is particularly timely, as 2020 is the last year the agency will publish tide table books. Meanwhile, NOAA’s page offering sun and moon tables is currently unavailable, so the link has been changed to provide the Sunrise-Sunset.org‘s tables.
MIT Researchers Untangle Knot Mysteries
Knowing your knots is a basic boating and outdoor skill. But which is the best knot in a given situation? Scientists and mathematicians at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made recent progress in definitively identifying which knot has the best characteristics for a given application. SciTechDaily reports: https://scitechdaily.com/what-exactly-makes-one-knot-better-than-another-has-not-been-well-understood-until-now/
The BigPicture Natural World Photo Contest
The winners of the California Academy of Science’s 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition provide a gallery of stunning delights, at My Modern Met: https://mymodernmet.com/big-picture-photo-contest-2019/
2019 Ocean Art Contest Photos
The Underwater Photography Guide’s 2019 Ocean Art Contest winners offer spectacular views of the oceans and their denizens. Bored Panda shares: https://www.boredpanda.com/ocean-art-contest-winners-2019/
Wiki Loves Earth Photo Contest Winners 2019
Once again the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual Wiki Loves Earth photography contest has produced some breathtaking winners. You can find them here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/12/02/imagination-becomes-reality-in-the-winners-of-the-2019-wiki-loves-earth-photo-contest/
Luckimute River, Luckimute Landing to Buena Vista – Class A – length 5 ± miles
A short, easy run with pretty scenery and slower waters. Come prepared, however, for mud.
5 Free Days In National Parks for 2020
If you’d like to recreate in any of our national parks, and skip the entry fees, there are five days in 2020 in which you may do so. The first one is January 20, and the Oregonian can fill you in on the rest: https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2019/12/national-parks-will-be-free-for-5-days-in-2020.html
New Boating Laws for 2020
The big news for Oregon paddlers in new legislation for 2020 is the Waterway Access Permit, which has been covered here, before. It supersedes the invasive species prevention permit, at a multiple of the cost, and is required for most paddle craft. But that is hardly the only new legislation effecting boaters in 2020, and the Oregon State Marine Board has a rundown of the specifics, here (PDF format): https://click.mlsend.com/link/c/YT0xMzE5ODQ4MDY4MjU3OTQ1NTIwJmM9bzR2NSZlPTE5MjgmYj0zMDUwNzU0NjgmZD12NGkxdzJ6.fODhbo9aXh_9sZZrmNkh3uK-IH-1bkTmW_VJ0YUprIE
2019 British Ecological Society Photo Winners
The BBC has a selection of striking photos from the BES’s contest, featuring scenes from around the world: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-50602795
Footloose Photographer Gets Rare Wildlife Images
Roie Galitz ranges the planet taking photos of reclusive wildlife. The Smithsonian features some of his engaging work: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-goes-ends-earth-capture-rarely-viewed-animals-180973872/
National Geographic’s Best 2019 Photos
The magazine has compiled a rather long and diverse set of images for its collection. You can find it here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/best-pictures-2019/
Cute! Baby! Rhino!
The Whipsnade Zoo recently celebrated the arrival of a greater one-horned rhinoceros calf. The little girl is cute as a button, as this BBC’s coverage proves: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50823834
Willamette River, Wallace Park to Keizer Rapids – Class A+ – length 3.5 miles
Start the New Year right, with a quick run on our local, major river. It will probably be cold, so bring plenty of gear and provisions. Getting even light hypothermia this time of year can lead to real consequences.