"National Order Of The Double-Ended Beaver Stick"™
Franklin Tn.- Laura Turner receives the first double-ended beaver stick (NODBS) . For her untiring devotion to all living things including things that effect the environment. Laura has saved wetlands that saved beavers in Ashland City Tn. She has lobbied day and night for for legislation for the "cruelty to animals" bill. Laura receives calls from people all over Tennessee and the U.S. for advice on wounded animals, humane issues and other concerns involving animals. There hasn't been anything "no holds barred" that Laura hasn't been involved in, including going against sewer plant discharge increases, development, unnecessary road building, and ancient shrub clearing along ancient roads (the old Natchez Trace to be exact). There are hundreds of other examples why Laura has received this award. the main reason is that when she gets involved her attitude is NODBS. Thanks Turner Family!
First recipient of NODBS award. Laura Turner with possums. 1998
Ashland City Tn.- Skip Hilliker receives the second NODBS award. This award was presented on site at one of Skip's beaver projects. He flew down from Connecticut to build and oversee a beaver dam control mechanism he invented to allow beaver to thrive without causing flooding problems. Along with scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 458 the back flow preventer was a success. Brandon Biggs chose this for his eagle scout project. Also present for the build was Laura Turner, The Army Corps of Engineers, The Fund for Animals, and Save the Cumberland. Thanks Mr. Hilliker for your untiring devotion to the beavers and your no bs approach.
Vic Scoggin, Laura Turner, and Skip Hilliker ©2000
Columbia Tn.- April 2004. Elizabeth Queener has received the long awaited third NODBS award. Her untiring devotion to conserving land so that things can naturally thrive and her generous heart in helping people, animals and the environment have earned her this important title. "No dang bs" exemplifies her spirit and character. Thanks and congratulations Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Queener (middle) getting award. Earth 2004 Centennial Park Nashville Tn.
Franklin Tn.- Gina (GG) Butler receives the fourth NODBS award Oct. 9, 2010. This award is from her donations given for the Flower Power cupcake during the month of April celebrating Earth Day. Gina owns GG Cupcakes www.gigiscupcakesusa.com and is involved in helping animals and the environment. Remember to buy a Flower Power cupcake or any other of the wonderful cupcakes she has at her store.
Gina Butler receives the fourth NODBS award from STC Pres/Founder Vic Scoggin. 2010
Memphis Tn- Chad Pregracke & Tammy Becker has received the fifth NODBS award March 18, 2012. They were presented the award aboard the River Cleanup II. Living Lands & Waters http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/ had been in Memphis Tennessee for a month cleaning up all the trash. They filled a 195' barge with trash, tires, metal..you name it. Of all the NODBS awards that Save The Cumberland has given over the years...NOBODY deserves it as much as Chad and his crew. Thanks for 15 years of cleaning up the Western Rivers.
l-r. Vic Scoggin, Tammy Becker, and Chad Pregracke
History of the double ended beaver stick
In 1996 during Vic Scoggin's 696 mile swim down the Cumberland River he noticed these sticks that where sharp on both ends. Thousands where lying around the river banks and floating in the water, especially after large rains. One night in Pineville Kentucky after swimming all day they settled in their campsite for the night. Like every night Vic had to get back in the river with his bar of ivory soap, (it's the only soap that floats) to clean up. A big splash in the river signaled a beaver, the moon was full, and a large female beaver swam right by with a double ended beaver stick in her mouth...so that's who making these sticks...she swam around him several times and was joined by some other beavers apparently from the same family. Maybe he was taking a bath were they were going to build their home??? And was born the National Order of the Double-ended Beaver Stick. A tribute to the work ethic of the hardest working animal on the river, the American Beaver, Castor canadensis.