Thursday, April 14, 2011

Basinkeeper Paddle Trips Raise $5100

We would like to thank everyone that signed up and supported the Basinkeeper paddle trip this past weekend. This was our second time to run this event and we've seen it as a successful way not only to raise needed funds for the Basinkeeper program, but also as a way for paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts to meet Dean (our Basinkeeper) and get to know him and the important work he does right in the basin.

Through the support of participants in the past 2 Basinkeeper paddle trips plus a $1,500 grant from Patagonia we were able to donate $5,100 to this important program. Thanks to everyone!

Here is a blog that Dean put together about the trip this past weekend:

On Saturday, April 9th Atchafalaya Basinkeeper trustee, Stacey Scarce, and I led about 30 people on a paddling trip on the east side of the Atchafalaya Basin. We paddled through beautiful Pat's Bay and visited some awesome old-growth cypress trees with incredible shapes and huge knees. Even with the high winds, everyone's spirits were great and we enjoyed being out in the field surrounded by people that support our work.
We made some very important contacts that opened the door for collaborations and new strategies. After the paddle trip, we all enjoyed a traditional fish fry. I fried fish for hours and everyone ate it as fast as I could put it on the table. From the amount of fish eaten, I guess it was good! The beer was attacked with a vengeance and board member, David Brown saved the day by going to the store to buy more beer. I want to thank everyone for their support. A special thanks to trustee Stacey Scarce for donating her time to lead the trip and to trustees John and Becky Williams for organizing the trip and their donation to Basinkeepeer. Thanks to everyone who supported Atchafalaya Basinkeeper throught this event. I assure you, you will not be disappointed with our work.