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By Tom Stienstra

If you have written an outdoor-themed book in the past four years, the purpose of this letter is to ask you to join me and donate a copy of your book to create a new library of outdoors books at a town largely incinerated by fire and now rebuilding.

In late 2014 in Northern California, a wildfire swept through the town of Weed – one of America’s best areas for fishing, hunting and all outdoors recreation -- and burned 157 homes, 8 commercial buildings, two churches and the town’s library. A total of 14 fire crews with 453 firefighters with air support fought the blaze.

We are now rebuilding.

Earlier this year, with the Rotary Clubs of Mount Shasta and Weed, we raised $5,000 to help restore the Weed Library. The donations purchased computers, desks, tables and related furniture items at the library's new home at a former bank, arranged with a $1 per year lease.

Now we’re taking a fresh step.

To create a traffic builder at the new library and appeal to the outdoors nature of its residents and children – including people who do not typically visit libraries – we are creating a special section of outdoor-themed books. With donations from outdoors authors, we hope to create the best library of outdoor-themed books in America.

The town is in a rural area at the foot of 14,179-foot Mount Shasta and surrounded by national forests and vast wilderness areas. Many residents are passionate anglers and hunters, and all outdoor activities are popular. In addition to fishing and hunting, that includes, hiking, camping, boating, nature and landscape photography, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, mountain climbing, trekking, wildlife watching, RV camping, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and touring.

To make this new outdoors library happen, please join me and send your book to:

Shelley Green
Weed Library
150 Alamo Avenue
Weed, CA 96094

In 1988, the OWAA conference was held in Redding, 60 miles to the south, and many OWAA members took part in adventures in the region. Like me, you may have created a bond with the Mount Shasta region, and look forward for an opportunity to support an area devastated by wildfire.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Shelley Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or just send in your book today.


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Craft Award Winners - 2014

By Meade Fischer -

It’s been a good year for some of our members who won multiple awards at our recent Big Bear conference.

  • John Poimiroo walked away with 5 awards: including first places-- Best Outdoor Medium for his “California Fall Color,” Best Outdoor Newspaper Column for “California Rambling,” Best Outdoor Action Photograph for “Clear Sailing on Clear Lake” and 2nd in the Phil Ford Humor Award.
  • Gary Graham took home 4 awards: including 1st place for Best Outdoor News Article for “California Dreamin’,”
  • Tom Stienstra grabbed 2 1st place awards: Best Outdoor Series for “Storms Bring Forth Prehistoric Treasure” and Best Newspaper Feature Story for “Paddling with the Giants.”
  • Risa Wyatt won 3rd place in Best Newspaper Feature Story.
  • Johnathan Roldan took 2nd in Best Newspaper Feature Story.
  • Rich Holland took first in Best Outdoor Magazine Feature for “The Channel Islands: an Appreciation.
    • Chris Collard took second and Harry Morse took third.
  • Chris Collard also won first place in Best Outdoor Photographic Series for “Humanity in the 3rd World.”
  • Steven Callan got two awards: Best Outdoor Magazine Column for “On Patrol” and Best OWAC Conference-related Work for “America Needs Parks More than Ever.”
  • Robert Stone won again for Best Outdoor Guidebook for Day Hikes Around Big Sur.
  • Osceola Refetoff took Best Outdoor Feature Photograph for “Call of the Wild.”
  • Mike Ritz won Best Outdoor TV Show for “Chef on the Water.”
  • Tom Wilmer won Best Outdoor Video Short for “Pinnacle National Park.”
  • Zach Behrens took Best Outdoor Video Medium for “Saving the Salton Sea.”
  • Peter Schroeder won Best Outdoor Internet Site for “Northwest Snow Sports Guide.”
  • Scott Goodwin won Best Outdoor Internet Article for “PEJ Giants - Avo Catches a GrandTuna.”
    • Gary Graham took 2nd and Monica Prelle, 3rd.
  • Tom Martens won John Reginato Conservation Award for “Mining Threatens the Smith, State's Most Beautiful River” and second in Best OWAC Conference-related Work.
  • Bill Sunderland won the Phil Ford Humor Award for “A Guide to OFFF.”
  • John Henigin took second in the John Reginato Conservation Award.
  • Finally, Chris Langley and Osceola Refetoff won Best Outdoor Internet Site.

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