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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
12/29/2010 - With snow on the ground and winter winds blowing, few families are thinking about picking wild blackberries, dewberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries - all high in antioxidants - or any other wild fruit. However, if you wait until you start seeing the berries or fruit, you won't be able to pick as many big berries and fruit in the spring and summer as easily as you will, if you plan now.
Youngsters enjoy the adventure of picking berries and wild plums, but they don't like to wade through thorns, weeds and bushes, where many types of wild berries, particularly blackberries and dewberries, grow. If you know where there's a patch of wild blackberries, dewberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (the wild strawberry, Fragaria Virginiana, has a delicious flavor) or plums, go there now in the winter with your Woodman's Pal Long Reach and your Pro Tool Utility Pole Saw and/or Pro Tool Lopping Shears, and cut paths through these areas. Then in the warm weather when these regions produce berries and/or plums, you and your children can navigate through these places, picking berries or plums without nearly as many thorns to stick you or grab your clothes and take twice as much fruit quickly.
Once you have paths cut-through the berry patches or plum thickets, just before green-up in the early spring, take 10-10-10 fertilizer, and scatter it throughout the berry patches and plum thickets. By putting-out fertilizer then, the spring rains will carry that fertilizer down to the roots of the wild fruit bushes and trees and help those plants produce more and bigger fruit than they will have if you haven't cut paths and fertilized them.
Picking wild berries is a fun family outing in which all ages can participate. Nothing's more delicious or enjoyable for the whole family than making berry pie and berry and wild plum jelly. Visit www.protoolindustries.net to learn more about made-in-the-USA, top-quality hand tools with lifetime warranties from Pro Tool Industries to cut paths and to get more recipes for preparing wild berries and fruit.
Here's one of our family's favorite recipes.
Fresh Berry Pie
You can make this pie with any kind of fresh berries, including wild or commercial blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or dewberries or commercial loganberries or boysenberries.
Filling for 9-inch pie:
1- to 1-1/2-cups sugar
4 cups fresh berries
Filling for 8-inch pie:
2/3- to 1-cup sugar
3 cups fresh berries
1 tablespoon butter
Heat oven to 425 degrees. After gently cleaning and washing the berries, mix sugar, flour and cinnamon. Then mix that combination of ingredients lightly through berries. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust with slits with a 1-1/2-inch strip of aluminum foil around the top of the crust to prevent excessive browning. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned, and the juice bubbles through slits in crust. Serve slightly warm, not hot.
Posted by Kevin C. Paulson at 2:28 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Pebble Mine Update
The battle for Bristol Bay and the protection of that amazing ecosystem continues on and we are going to continue to do everything we can to get the message out to as many folks as we can.
Our partnership with The Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska continues with our Moose Promotion and I would like to encourage each and everyone of you to log on and make a donation of $50.00 so that you can have an opportunity to win one of the best packages I have seen put together. The package includes a Kimber Rifle, A Leupold scope, A set of Sitka Gear and 10 day moose hunt in Alaska. All of this for a donation of $50.00 to protect one of the greatest ecosystems in America.
Sportsman's Alliance of Alaska Moose Promotion
Stop Pebble Mine
Thursday, July 31, 2008
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Bristol Bay is in trouble and the war for Alaska's Natural Resources is raging on daily in the newspapers and coffee shops of Alaska. The choice is between an open pit mine for copper and gold and the protection of Bristol Bay, Natural Salmon Runs, Trout, Moose and the breeding ground for a Caribou herd.
For me the choice is easy and Bristol Bay must win out. Do we really really need more copper and gold?
Here is an article that talks all about this issue in far more detail then I can and really talks about the issue at hand. There is article after article in almost every outdoor magazine in the country.
Over the next several weeks we will be grabbing these articles and I encourage you all to do your own research.
Here are a couple of links to get you started:
The website of those that want the mine to succeed is here....
There are thousands of people who are working on this and some really great partners across the world.
Alaska Wilderness Trips, Inc.
And there are many many more..
How can you help you ask?
Log on and buy a raffle ticket.. $50.00 is all we ask for a full donation. I know that times are tough and gas prices are high and every nickel in our lives is important but all I am asking is go to one less night out this month and make a donation to this wonderful promotion and you might even be a lucky winner and get to head out to the Bristol Bay area and go on a Moose hunt.
The sooner the better as there are only 500 tickets total.
Posted by Kevin C. Paulson at 10:42 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2008
Kevin Paulson (202)744-5806
Scott Hed (605) 336-6738
HuntingLife.com and Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska Team up for Conservation
Effort Launched to Raise Awareness of the Growing Threat in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region
Today marks the launch of a special campaign aimed at raising awareness among America’s hunters about a very serious threat facing one of the world’s most iconic sporting destinations: Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay region. While the world of sportfishing has been more aware of the plans to turn this area in southwest Alaska, which is home to the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery and tremendous angling and hunting opportunities, into a massive mining district, the time has come for hunters and the hunting community to further engage in this monumental conservation battle.
“HuntingLife.com has been committed to conservation from day one so it was a natural partnership to work with the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to protect such amazing resources like Bristol Bay and the Tongass National Forest. Bristol Bay is one of those areas in America where sportsmen from all walks of life dream of hunting moose, caribou and bears or wetting a line pursuing the mighty salmon and trout. Partnering with the Sportman’s Alliance for Alaska on this wonderful project was a no-brainer for Team HuntingLife,” said HuntingLife.com founder Kevin C. Paulson.
For anyone not familiar with the debate raging in Bristol Bay, here is a brief primer. Bristol Bay is home to the largest runs of wild salmon left on the planet, with tens of millions of fish returning every year. The salmon form the cornerstone of an incredibly rich and complex ecosystem which also supports some of the finest trophy wild rainbow trout fishing found in the world, and additional angling opportunities for Dolly Varden, arctic char, lake trout, arctic grayling, and northern pike. Of course the salmon also feed the large population of brown and black bears found in the region. Hunters have traveled to the Bristol Bay area for decades to pursue not only bear, but also trophy moose and caribou from the famed Mulchatna herd in a wild and remote setting. This sporting mecca is located in southwest Alaska, approximately 250 miles from Anchorage, and is only accessible by plane or boat. In the midst of this rich fish and game habitat, a foreign partnership (one British company and one Canadian company) have plans to develop the largest open-pit copper/gold/molybdenum mine in North America. If approved, the Pebble Mine could include a massive open pit mine, an adjacent underground mine, 5 huge earthen dams (including two of the largest on the planet – one being 4.3 miles long and over 740 feet tall), and a tailings lake covering as much as 15 square miles to hold back the toxic byproducts of the mining process. Even more alarming, the Pebble Mine could become the centerpiece of what the mining industry has referred to as a world-class mining district. Over 1,000 square miles of state lands are already staked with mining claims in the region and the federal Bureau of Land Management has proposed lifting the mining restrictions on over 1 million acres of lands under its management in the Bristol Bay region. It’s not hard to imagine that such development in one of the world’s premier hunting and angling destinations would have an impact on fish and game and sportsperson’s opportunities to pursue them.
Scott Hed serves as the Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska (SAA), whose goal is to engage sportspersons in the battle for Bristol Bay’s future. “The need is urgent right now to engage hunters in this fight. Hunters and anglers both have a lot at stake in the future of Bristol Bay. While Bristol Bay is most well-known as one of the top sportfishing destinations on the planet, it’s also a premier place for big game hunting. Hunters travel from across the globe to pursue trophy moose, caribou, and bear in this region,” said Hed. In the past year, the Dallas Safari Club, Wildlife Forever, and Izaak Walton League of America have expressed their opposition to the plans to turn Bristol Bay into an industrial mining zone.
Today the SAA is launching a new page on its website to help raise awareness among hunters about this critical issue. At www.SportsmansAlliance4AK.org/BristolBayHunt.html visitors will learn more about hunting in Bristol Bay, view an upcoming advertisement to be placed in Black’s Wing, Clay, and Waterfowl 2009 Guide, and be able to make a donation to the Bristol Bay conservation campaign. Perhaps most exciting is the drawing in which donors will be entered.
Hed added “Through the tremendous support and leadership of conservation-minded companies like HuntingLife.com, Kimber, Leupold, Sitka Gear and Polartec, I’m thrilled that hunters will now be able to learn more about the Bristol Bay region and how they can get involved in the fight to protect an iconic sporting destination. The participation of the Whitney family and Alaska Wilderness Trips, Inc. really put the icing on the cake as we were developing this promotion.”
For a suggested donation of $50, donors will be entered in a drawing for the following prize package:
• 10-day fully guided Alaska moose hunt for 1 hunter in 2009 with Alaska Wilderness Trips, Inc.
• Kimber Model 84M or 8400 Montana rifle in winner’s choice of caliber
• Leupold VX-II 3-9x40mm scope
• 90% Jacket, Ascent pant, and base layer system from Sitka Gear and Polartec
The retail value of the package is approximately $11,700.
“Putting together such an amazing package has been a blast, this is a hunt that any hunter would be more then excited to be a part of,” said HuntingLife.com’s Paulson. The hunt fundraiser will be limited to the first 500 qualifying donations and early responses from hunters aware of the upcoming opportunity to participate indicate that it will be very popular.
When asked why his company chose to support this project, Patrick Mundy, Leupold’s Marketing Communications Supervisor stated simply “As members of the hunting and shooting industry, we are in full support of protecting places like Bristol Bay to preserve hunting lands for future generations for several reasons. Not only is the natural environment critical to conserve, but without hunting lands to access, we lose hunters---which we can ill afford in this day and age.”
Jonathan Hart, Founder and co-owner of Sitka Gear echoed those sentiments. “As a company involved in the hunting industry, Sitka fully supports, and is extremely thankful for, the hard work that the Sportsman¹s Alliance of Alaska is doing to protect the Bristol Bay Region. The bottom line is that the mining proposals would forever compromise the health of the area. The tundra, the big game, and the fisheries in Southwest Alaska are a sustainable resource. The long-term health of the area, both in an economic and an ecosystem sense, depends on those resources. If my kids and your kids can’t hunt and fish there when they’re older, we’ve screwed up big time.”
For Alaskan guide Clark Whitney, Jr. who will be guiding the moose hunt for the winner of the drawing, the matter is even more personal. “I shot my first trophy bull caribou right at the mouth of Talarik Creek (one of the creeks that would be drained to provide water for the mine) when I was 13 years old, and the mine footprint area is a traditional calving grounds for the Mulchatna caribou herd. If this mine is permitted, it will have a devastating effect on these animals and this region’s wild character will forever be lost.”
Contributions to this promotion will be designated for brochures and other informational materials, travel for staff and volunteers to make Bristol Bay conservation presentations to clubs and organizations, day-to-day expenses and other direct costs.
“For someone looking to lend support to an incredibly important conservation campaign and possibly end up on that Alaska hunting trip of a lifetime, this is a tremendous way to help make a difference. While we can’t match the dollars that the mining companies are throwing at this fight, sportspersons have always shown a passion and a willingness to fight for places they care about,” concluded SAA’s Hed.
Posted by Kevin C. Paulson at 10:16 PM