This summer, a diverse group of stakeholders from Sonoma and Mendocino counties launched their boats to kick-off a year-long effort to create a new vision to improve the health of the Russian River watershed. Participants began to paddle along this “Headwaters to Ocean Descent” through the winding path of the Russian River in a 3-part expedition organized by the non-profit LandPaths and led by Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore. Designed to break through historic differences and preconceptions, this journey seeks to build new types of camaraderie and “can do” amongst participants and build momentum towards a summit to be held in the Summer of 2017 called “The Russian River Confluence.“
The Headwaters to Ocean Descent of the Russian River is comprised of three continuous paddle explorations where regional leaders, including Russian Riverkeeper, will paddle, eat and sleep along the length of the River on lands public and private. The Descent traverses over 100 miles of the Russian River, through the rugged beauty of Mendocino and pastoral Sonoma Counties.
See highlights from the first leg of the expedition (Lake Mendocino to Cloverdale) from Russian Riverkeeper below.
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