Sierra Club Whitewater Rafting Tours Raise Awareness for River Resources in Dinosaur National Monument

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Adrift Adventures and Sierra Club partner to offer whitewater rafting trips on the Green River and Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument.

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My focus is to have participants come away from their rafting adventure with enough knowledge to advocate for the fragile and unique river ecosystems they'll travel through

Adrift Adventures, a wilderness whitewater rafting company headquartered in central Colorado and authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, has teamed up with Sierra Club to offer two Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting tours through Dinosaur National Monument – May 30 – June 3 on the Yampa River; and June 21-24 on the Green River.

Dr. Pat Tierney, professor and chair of the recreation, parks and tourism department at San Francisco State University and co-founder and former owner of Adrift Adventures, will be the guest interpreter for the May 30 Yampa River rafting trip.

“The Sierra Club has a long history in Dinosaur National Monument,” Tierney explained. “The Echo Park Controversy and Echo Park dam was one of the first victories for environmental groups back in the 1950s and it was led by the Sierra Club.”

Tierney said the area of Dinosaur National Monument is an ideal natural classroom and that it shows the differences between a wild and free river like the Yampa and one that has been dammed like the Green River.

“I like to talk about the Echo Park controversy and how close we were to losing this wonderful natural resource that continues to be threatened,” Tierney said. “One of the things my wife and I are proud of is that we have commandeered an army of 10,000 people over the years who will hopefully someday come out to protect this resource.”

Dennis Teutshel, outings leader for the Sierra Club, will be the expert interpreter for the June 21 Green River rafting trip. He agreed that politics and climate change continue to threaten these river ecosystems.

“My focus is to have participants come away from their rafting adventure with enough knowledge to advocate for the fragile and unique river ecosystems they'll travel through,” Teutshel explained. “Participants can expect to learn about the geology, wildlife, history, human influences and challenges unique to Dinosaur National Monument.”

These Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting tours are full, but other Green River and Yampa River rafting trips remain open for the 2012 season, according to Eileen Peterson, general manager at Adrift Adventures.

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most pristine areas in the nation. Both rafting trips start in northwest Colorado and end in northeast Utah after the confluence of the Yampa River and Green River. Intermediate class III and class IV rapids will be encountered, but no prior rafting experience is necessary.

All Adrift Adventures multi-day whitewater rafting tours through Dinosaur National Monument are be professionally guided, all-inclusive and self-contained with a full kitchen, several hand washing stations and portable toilet facilities. Camps are remote and accessible only by watercraft.

Adrift Adventures is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service and operates Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting trips near the confluence of the Green River and Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. To learn more about these and other family-friendly Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting tours through Adrift Adventures log on to http://www.whitewater.net/utah-river-rafting/ or call 1-800-723-8987.

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