Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »

Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… Read more »

Got Trees? Local Ordinance Protects Trees; Waccamaw River

Seemingly minor revisions to laws and regulations have the potential to significantly improve protections for local rivers. For example, a community in South Carolina along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail recently approved revisions to its Tree Ordinance. Small changes, such as protection for waterway trees and prohibiting clear-cutting of large tracts of land for development, will… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

Highlights from This Summer’s America’s Great Outdoors Work

It has been an exciting and rewarding summer leading American Rivers’ on–the-ground efforts for America’s Great Outdoors.  While I love living and working in the Southeast, it was great to have the opportunity to travel throughout the country spreading the river and bluetrails message, working with dozens of incredible state and local organizations, and returning… Read more »

The Benefits of Conservation Planning: A Toolkit for the Tax Professional

Download the full report (PDF) Introduction American Rivers, along with its partners, the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Pee Dee Land Trust, are working to improve recreation and protect critical land along the Waccamaw River in South Carolina. These groups are collaborating with the communities in Horry and Georgetown Counties to… Read more »

President Obama Launches America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

The Obama Administration recently launched its America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. As part of this effort, they are bringing together farmers and ranchers, land trusts, recreation groups, sportsmen, government and industry, city dwellers, suburban families, rural communities, and organizations like American Rivers to develop new partnerships and innovative programs such as Blue Trails to protect and restore… Read more »

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Partners Announce Logo Contest Winner

  American Rivers, and partners, the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® and Pee Dee Land Trust, would like to congratulate Coastal Carolina University student, Matthew Gray, for creating the winning logo for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. To meet Matthew and hear a little about his motivation for designing the logo, visit the Sun News website to view… Read more »