Paddle On! The First Woman to Solo Paddle North America’s Longest River is Coming to the Friends’ Rendezvous.
Question: What do the Secretary of Interior, bluegrass jam musicians, and the first woman to solo-kayak the entire length of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers all have in common? Answer: They have been invited to the 6th annual Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, coming up October 25-27 in Bend, Oregon.
And while we haven’t received confirmation yet from Secretary Jewell, we are excited to tell you we will be joined by Janet Moreland, who will speak at a plenary session about rivers of the National Conservation Lands and her extraordinary seven-month, 3,700-mile solo kayak trip down the nation’s longest river. Here’s a recent Sioux City Journal story about her trip—one that she is still embarking on. We’ll post updates from time to time on her progress.
Here’s the backdrop: The Friends Grassroots Network is made up of a 50+ non-profit organizations who are stewards, advocates and “friends of” their local places that are part of the National Conservation Lands – the Bureau of Land Management’s collection of more than 28 million acres of wilderness areas, national monuments, rivers and historic trails. The Rendezvous, where Janet Moreland will join us, is a once-a-year gathering of people who are staff members, volunteers or board members of these groups.
It’s a time for collaboration, practical trainings, story-telling, meeting with BLM staffers, and working together to make sure local advocates are doing the best they can to protect “their” regional place, while also speaking with one voice to protect the National Conservation Lands as a whole. The Conservation Lands Foundation is proud to organize this Rendezvous, a gathering of some of the most hard-working and effective public lands conservationists in the country. Are you part of the Network and still need to sign up? You can do that here.
And those musicians we have invited? Well, that could be you! You’re invited to bring your stringed instrument and join the jam. You know who you are… don’t be shy.