River REstoration adventures for tomorrow is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit Organization dedicated to river conservation
RRAFT helps with invasive species removal projects, monitoring projects, and improving river habitats along rivers across Colorado and Utah!
Our on-river discovery programs enable a hands-on learning experience for both kids and adults. Our goal is to provide opportunities for communities to experience the river in a positive way and learn about river ecosystems, conservation work, and the health of their watersheds!
Rivers across the world are threatened by drought, pollution, changing ecosystems, and human impacts. If we can better understand these impacts and begin a restoration process in our own part of the world, we can bring about change! RRAFT engages communities across Colorado and Utah in river conservation work and river discovery. We challenge YOU to become a part of your watershed's future!
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Watch the new RRAFT Video!
RRAFT partnered with Rig to Flip Media and American Rivers to produce this awesome film highlighting the importance of connecting youth and communities to their local rivers! Enjoy!
Thank you for a great season!
This year RRAFT sent out 15 fantastic trips and got over 150 people engaged in river conservation work. These projects were all made possible through the generous support of people like you! Please help make 2017 another great year by contributing to RRAFT for our winter fundraiser.
Since 2014, we have raised over $73,000 in funds towards conservation work. Our goals and projects would not be possible without our wonderful community of supporters- thank you for all that you've done! This winter our fundraising goal is $2,000. We hope to raise money to improve our capacity and efficiency for trips next year. If you would like to donate, please click below!
Invasive removal in Cataract Canyon!
Sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the 21st Century Conservation Corps Called to Action Along the Colorado River project brought members from the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Program, National Parks Service Staff, and the RRAFT team together for the second phase of invasive weed monitoring and mitigation within Cataract Canyon. This 8-day trip focused on key invasive species, monitored more areas of the canyon, and helped to identify campsite improvement needs.
Russian Olive Removal on the Lower Gunnison River
Community volunteers, Cedaredge High School Students, and RRAFT's Sawyer team has continued work this year on the Gunnison River between Pleasure Park and Orchard Mesa! The Russian Olive in the area was becoming a big problem, and with the help of the Uncompahgre Partnership, the BLM, and American Rivers we were able to eliminate these trees from over 5 miles of river!
RRAFT featured in American Rivers Blog
Neal Schwieterman, of Paonia, CO shares his experience connecting kids to the river through kayaking! Read his powerful story, co-authored by Dan Omasta and Fay Augustyn here.
Gunnison River Festival
RRAFT helped sponsor the Gunnison River Festival this year! We had a blast all weekend and are already looking forward to next year's festivities!