Celebrate the Verde River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Wendy Harford, Executive Director of the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) Spring breathes new life into the Verde Valley! Not only does the lushness come back to the Valley, but activities and events are abundant along the Verde River as a part of RiverFest. This month-long celebration… Read more »

American Rivers Awards $100,000 in Grants to Connect Communities to Hometown Rivers

Denver, CO – Rivers and communities across the Intermountain West will benefit from a series of grants announced today by American Rivers, a national non-profit river conservation organization. The Connecting Communities to Rivers grant program is providing a total of $100,000 to seven projects that improve family-friendly recreational opportunities and protect rivers and surrounding open… Read more »

Congaree Blue Trail Honored with National Recreation Trail Designation

Columbia, SC – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the Congaree River Blue Trail will join the prestigious list of National Recreation Trails. The designation will bring a host of benefits as well as increased visibility and funding to the Congaree River. The Congaree River Blue Trail, celebrating its one-year anniversary, is… Read more »

Kay Henry named L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero

Kay Henry, a driving force behind the incredible Northern Forest Canoe Trail, is recognized as an L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero. The L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero program was developed to thank those who have dedicated their time to preserving the outdoors. These are people who may not make the front page news, but who change the… Read more »

One Book, One Columbia reading with American Rivers

One Book, One Columbia kicked off last week reading “Saints at the River” by Ron Rash.  All residents of the city will read the same book at the same time over the next six weeks.  With a wild and scenic rivers theme, it was only natural for the Columbia, SC office of American Rivers to… Read more »

So Many Water Trails So Little Time

Recently I had the opportunity to learn about some of the coolest water trails in the US and Canada at the International Water Trails Conference held this year in Port Townsend, Washington. The Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) did a great job organizing, hosting, and picking a beautiful location for the event. All kinds of… Read more »

What’s Happening on the Kansas River?

It has been a busy summer for the 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®!  One of our partners fighting for the Kansas River (#10 on this year’s list) sent us an update (below).  Thank you, Laura Calwell, who is the Kansas Riverkeeper for Friends of the Kaw! Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help… Read more »

Your Vote Counts with the American Trails Awards

Photo by DNR Staff Shelly C It’s that time of year to nominate your Trail heroes for the American Trails Award! This award has a number of categories where you can nominate your Trail champions – from the Lifetime Service Award to Trails Advocacy to Outstanding Trail Sharing; the American Trail is looking to recognize… Read more »

9 Top River Trips for Wildlife        

Originally published in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Journal, Fall 2014. Viewing fall color from water level My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins…. Read more »