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Bob Rothrock on verde river 2013

I Used to Miss My Raft



Today’s post is by guest blogger Bob Rothrock, Board Member with Friends of Verde River Greenway, advocate for the Verde River and organizes river experiences on the Verde River for friends and the public.



My inflatable kayak was rigged and in the water except for the bow. I stepped into the cockpit, pivoted and sat in one motion, sliding free from the shore. “On the river again. Just can’t wait to get on…” was a tune that came to mind. Another Verde River trip begins with less than a day’s notice. Decide. Go. Enjoy. Read more…

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Free August Webinar: Making the Case for Conservation and Recreation – The Upper Nooksack Recreation Plan

Join us on Tuesday, August 23 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about the collaborative effort to create the Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan. Stemming from efforts to protect the Upper Nooksack through Wild & Scenic River designation, the plan provides recommendations for non-motorized recreation and protection of its natural and cultural values. Webinar participants will learn to how initiate multi-stakeholder, cross-jurisdictional collaborative planning; the basics of Wild & Scenic River designation and perceptions about their management; and methods of fostering community engagement in recreation management. Read more…

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Take Me (and the kids) To The River

Today’s post is a guest blog co-authored by Dan Omasta, Director of River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow, and Neal Schwieterman, who resides in Paonia, CO with his wife and daughter.  He is a retired police officer and recently retired as Mayor of Paonia. He continues to inspire youth through kayaking and is looking to start his 3rd career. River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow is a grant recipient of the Connecting Communities to Rivers Grant Program. 

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Free July Webinar: Building Support for Conservation Funding Initiatives – Boise for Clean Water and Open Space

Finding funding sources to protect rivers and enhance recreation can be a challenge! There are many creative ways to find funding for this work, including levy and bond initiatives. Tune in on Tuesday, July 19th 1 pm ET/11 am MT to learn more from Kate Thorpe, Deputy Director at Conservation Voters for Idaho and the Treasurer of Boise for Clean Water and Open Space. Kate will discuss how she worked with the local community to organize and pass a two-year override levy to protect the rivers and lands around Boise. She will talk more about how this effort came to fruition and the key milestones that occurred along the way.

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Free June Webinar: Build Support For Your Cause Through Storytelling

Earlier this spring, we hosted part one of our webinar series on creative communications. Please join us for the second installment in the series, a free 30 minute webinar on “Building support for your cause through storytelling.” It’s proven that people remember stories, not facts alone. This is an opportunity for you to learn how to tell your story in a way that builds support for your cause.

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