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    Stewardship Tip: Food Miles

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    The issue of “food-miles”, a rough measure of how far food travels between its production location and the final consumer, has been a consistent fixture in the debate on food sustainability.  There are more variables that contribute to the overall footprint of food, though.

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    Recycled Fish “On Ice” Tour Wrap 2014

    We appreciate everyone – from our sponsor and event partners to our volunteers and donors – who helped us carry the Stewardship Ethic across the Ice Belt again this winner!

    Congratulations to Chad Peterson and Ryan Mosley who won this year’s Recycled Fish “On Ice” Tour Raffle and Northeast Ice Fishing Rod Builder’s Challenge Drawing.

    Check out the results from the Northeast Ice Fishing Rod Builder’s Challenge.

    And if you haven’t joined Ice Team, don’t let spring weather stop you!

    We brought the Stewardship Ethic to over 60,000 anglers this winter thanks to Clam, Vexilar, Ice Team, Grabber Warmers, HotSpot Outdoors,  several dozen awesome volunteers, great event partners and donors just like you.

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    Stewardship Tip: Recycle Plastic Bags

    Plastic grocery bags come in Type 2 (high-density polyethylene film – HDPE) and Type 4 (low density or linear-low density polyethylene film – LDPE/LLDPE). Both types can, and should, be recycled.

    Many supermarkets and larger retailers collect plastic bags for recycling and will have a recycling bin in the lobby. Gather the bags you have around the house and take them to your local retailer for recycling.

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    Stewardship Tip: Recycling Apps

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    We’ve tried two recycling apps recently…

    iRecycle allows you to search for recycling venues based on category.  It has a surprisingly Windows 8-like interface that allows you to search based on type such as Automotive, Batteries, Construction, Electronics, Garden, Glass, Hazardous, Household, Metal, Paint, Paper, and Plastic.  You can search within categories, for example, I could selectElectronics and then CDs.  iRecycle will display a list of venues that will accept CDs for recycling.  You can drill down by tapping on a specific venue…iRecycle will display the phone number, website, address (which will display on the map if you tap it), and materials accepted.  If you tap onMaterials AcceptediRecycle will display specific data regarding how to recycle at the selected venue (I learned, for example, that Best Buy will accept CDs, Blu-Ray, and HD DVDs at the kiosks in front of the store).  iRecycle does a good job of locating recycling centers for the standards such as paper, plastics, and even spent oil.  When you venture forth into some of the more obscure items, such as contaminated soil, iRecycle will issue a message indicating, “we’re sorry,” and invites you to “read how to optimize your experience;” when you attempt to optimize your user experience,iRecycle brings up a page from earth911.com.  While we are always appreciative for any information, we wish that more app and web developers would use html that is optimized for mobile browsers.  iRecycle is available for iPhone and Android.
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    Stewardship Tip: Fertilizer on Frozen Ground

    Our neighbor informed us that she had received a call from her lawn service company asking if they could come out and for the first application of the year.  She replied “no,” and indicated that the first application usually didn’t occur until April.  When she reported her conversation to us, we added that she had made a wise decision.  The ground was still frozen.

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    Preventing Oil Spills

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    It goes without saying that oil and water don’t mix.  There was a time when the accepted practice was to walk down the street and dump spent oil down the storm sewer.  Fortunately, those days are long gone.  There are few people who would even entertain such a thought.
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    Special Rod Auction: CNY Custom Rods

     

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    Rod 7 – Shawn Hourihan | CNY Custom Rods | 

    Rod Details & More Photos: NortheastIceFishing/Builder 7

    Truly one of a kind, this rod is in a category all its own. At 48″ long, this special patent-pending rod is designed for the most mobile anglers. The line-through construction means that wind won’t affect the line as it runs through guides, which also prevents icing up.

    The unique design brings the line through a roller guide in the end of the rod, and down through the blank. This allows the angler to “hole hop” and fish efficiently in up to 12 feet of water, working quickly from hole to hole. The most subtle tap is transferred right to the palm of the anglers hand.

    This rod is featured in its own stand-alone eBay auction running from 5:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time on March 13 – March 18. 

     

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    Stewardship Tip: Electronic Waste

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    Computers that can no longer calculate.  iPods that can’t keep the beat.  Walkmen that have taken one too many steps.  Televisions that have broadcast their last Late Show.  When these items make a hasty departure from our homes, they become electronic waste.  It’s a problem.
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    Stewardship Tip: Invasive Plants

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    When we think of invasive species, we think of something dramatic like the snakehead.  The name conjures up a sense of the exotic, it almost sounds evil.  The snakehead’s appearance, with its depraved, almost angry, grin, reinforces that thought.  Invasive species, like the snakehead, can move in and destroy all living beings in their wake leaving little for any native species.

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    2014 Custom Rod Builders Challenge and Auction

    North East Ice Fishing

    The Recycled Fish Auction runs 2/28/14 through March 5th.

    A special auction for CNY Custom Rods runs March 13 – March 18.

    This year’s challenge from the Panfish Persuader himself is to craft a stick to trick the most pugnacious of the panfish: the perch. Each builder took their local expertise into account and it shows – some of these perch rods pair up best with big water brutes – Winnebago rods, a half-step removed from a typical walleye stick. Some are better suited to the fish of Minnesota, rods that include softer tips. They all have a few things in common: capable craftsmanship, lots of backbone, and unique features that make them stand apart from the rows of rods perched on the shelves of a sporting goods store. Read the rest of this entry »

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