#reef2leaf

Why helping coral reef matters

What are Coral Reefs?

Coral reefs are large underwater structures composed of the skeletons of coral. Coral are invertebrate marine animals. They extract calcium carbonate from seawater to create a hard, durable exoskeleton. Over time, new coral grow over the exoskeletons of their ancestors until massive submarine structures are formed.

The Issue

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. According to 50reefs.org, we could lose all coral reefs by 2050. There are several factors impacting our reefs: pollution, overfishing, and climate change. The recent warming of our oceans in some regions has a devastating impact on many species of coral.

Coral reefs directly support over 500 million people as a food source and income. They protect our shores from storm surges. Reefs also support 25% of the oceans marine life. Oceans supply nearly 70% of the oxygen we breathe. The health of our oceans and our reefs impact other climates around the world. The good news is we can act and make a difference.

Some corals are less vulnerable than others to changes in ocean temperature. There are reef systems responding to restoration efforts. We created our #reef2leaf grant to do what we can to conserve this very important part of our planet.


The #reef2leaf Initiative

Since founding Wildhorn in 2015, we've desired to use the company for good. After examining many different charities and opportunities, we've decided to start a grant program called Reef 2 Leaf. The program focuses on solving problems that impact our coral reefs and forests. Our first grant will be made to help with coral restoration. Over the next three years we will financially support restoration efforts and actively educate the public about this important issue. Our brand ambassadors will use the hashtag #reef2leaf to help spread the word. By working to preserve reef systems, we can also positively impact the rest of the environment. While it starts on the reef it also helps the leaf!

Coral restoration is done by harvesting corals from underwater nurserys nearby reef sites. Those corals are then moved and planted directly into the existing reef exoskeleton. Over time, the reef re-grows and takes root in the site.

We'll be focusing our help on the coral reefs along the Florida Keys. The Florida reef system is the third largest barrier coral reef in the world. We will post more updates about our grant recipient soon.


Expert Thoughts

The good news is, some reefs are far less vulnerable to climate change than others and through science we can identify them.

- Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute -

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I bought this jacket for a friend who is just learning to ski. I’ve been skiing for 55 years so I am very familiar with ski apparel. This jacket had all the important details from the right pockets inside and out, put zips, helmet compatible hood. The tonal design around the shoulders is subtle but nice and I really liked the accent color of the zipper. It is A LOT of jacket for the price and I would highly recommend.

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This is the latest in a series of sound systems I have used over 50 years from Astraltune to Sony Walkman and shock-proof CD players to IPOD, bunch of different headphones and eventually the headphones that go in the helmet with a wire with way-too-small-for-my-mittens on-of switches. This last transition had two goals (1) to get rid of the earphone wire so that the iPhone could get away from the cold and (2) control the volume and play/stop/rewind without having to take off my mittens. From that perspective these are great. The thing pairs with my iPhone very nicely, the buttons are very intuitive and easy to get to, and as an extra bonus I don't have to dig my phone out of my pocket to talk to Mr. Spam Likely when I am on the slopes.

One thing that could be better at least for my helmet is that the recharge wire pokes out of the headphone so to make sure it wont break I need to disconnect it and then take the thing out of the helmet to charge it. It would be nice if there was a way to recharge the headphones without having to mess with that but that is not a big deal really. This is a long way from strapping the 3.5lb Astraltune on my chest not to mention the earplugs and plus the sound quality is great!

One piece of advice if you are new to this: Keep the volume down so that you can still hear the wind (and the snow boarders) but most importantly remember the bumps are not evenly spaced so don't try to ski to the beat of the music. Ski to the melody or the Cadence if you want to be fancy.

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