Lee's Launch Party Next Week

River Runners For Wilderness (RRFW), a river resource protection organization, will formally launch June 15, 2002, at the boat ramp at Lee's Ferry, Arizona. The group will host a "launching" party at Lee's Ferry, Arizona, on Friday evening, June 14, and Saturday morning, June 15, 2002, in concert with Living Rivers and the Grand Canyon Restoration Coalition.

The fun begins Friday evening, June 14, at Lee's Ferry, Arizona, from 6:00-10:00 PM. Come join us for a Cookout, campfire, river music, dance and good cheer. The Lee's Ferry campground is located off Highway 89, north of Marble Canyon Lodge, on the road to Lee's Ferry.

Saturday morning, June 15, join us at the Lee's Ferry launch ramp for speeches and songs from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The speakers will include: Jeff Ingram, a longtime Grand Canyon wilderness activist; Kim Crumbo, a Colorado River guide, former wilderness coordinator for Grand Canyon National Park, and currently the Grand Canyon representative for Arizona Wilderness Coalition; John Weisheit, a Colorado River guide and conservation director for Living Rivers; Tom Martin, Grand Canyon coordinator for River Runners For Wilderness, Brent Blackwelder, president of Friends of the Earth and veteran of 400 successful dam fights over 32 years; musician and author Katie Lee; and additional riverside music from Peg Millet, Bill Oliver and Peter Neils.

The launch of RRFW will be a component of Living Rivers 700 mile long "Sediment-al Journey," building support for the restoration of Grand Canyon and the reformation of the Bureau of Reclamation. After the RRFW launch, Living Rivers will be continuing the "Sediment-al Journey" with a float from Glen Canyon Dam back to Lee's Ferry, beginning at 11:00 AM. Space is very very limited for this float event. If you are interested in participating in the float, you must contact John Weisheit as soon as possible at John@Livingrivers.net . After the float, festivities will continue into the evening, again at the Lee's Ferry campground. For more information visit http://www.RRFW.org (web site under construction) or Living Rivers at http://www.livingrivers.org/media/article.cfm?NewsID=282

We look forward to seeing you there!