“This event is not specifically designed for river-runners or the guiding community” said event director Michael Dean Smith, “but rather to anyone interested in how rivers have impacted our natural and cultural history.”
This year, the rendezvous will have a greater focus on field trips, with most indoor presentations taking place at Star Hall in the evenings. Full registration for the four-day event is $80. Saturday and Sunday field trips are $40 each. Pre-registration is required for all daytime activities. Evening presentations at Star Hall are open to the public and a $5 donation is requested at the door.
On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, veteran river-runner, Herm Hoops, will discuss his now-completed study of the history of rubber boats. That night at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, author Kevin Fedarko will share stories from his book, “The Emerald Mile.”
The Nov. 8 field trip will visit the site of a long-term Colorado River riparian restoration project near the Potash plant. The trip is open to the public at no charge but advance sign-up is requested. Participants can also join volunteer activities that include planting of native seedlings in a 67-acre Jackson Bottom wildlife habitat project. A presentation by wildlife biologist, Robert Magill is scheduled during lunch on Nov. 8.
The Historic River Film Festival will take place at Star Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. Roy Webb, media archivist at the University of Utah Marriot Library, river historian and author will share classic stories while showing historic films of river trips.
Saturday, Nov. 9 includes a full-day field trip and formal presentations in the evening at Star Hall. The field trip features Dr. Andres Aslan, professor of geology at Colorado Mesa University, and Dr. Tamsin McCormick, Plateau Restoration’s resident geologist.
Saturday at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, award-winning teachers and authors Daniel McCool and Bob Keiter will discuss potential changes in the future direction of river management, and the politics and economics of public lands.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, Aslan and McCormick will lead a field trip along the Colorado River corridor near Moab to explore “Salt and Faults” and the role of the Colorado River and regional geology in creating local landscapes.
Registration for the full event is due Tuesday, Nov. 5 and for field trips by Nov. 7. For more information, contact Plateau Restoration at 435-259-7733 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.moabriverrendezvous.com.