News.bytes Extra, Issue 172

Day on the River 2004

The spectacular Trinity River Canyon was the backdrop for a day of fun and excitement for 50 northern California families, when the Bureau of Land Management and local volunteers hosted the Sixth Annual Day on the River float trip.

The three-and-a-half-hour float between Lewiston and Douglas City was provided for children who are undergoing medical treatment for serious illnesses or disabilities. Their parents and other family members were also welcome on the trip. In all, about 200 people enjoyed the crystal clear waters on a warm, sunny day.

BLM Director Kathleen Clarke and State Director Mike Pool joined the festivities this year, and thanked the many agencies, organizations and businesses who came together to offer the adventure for the children.

The Shasta and Trinity county medical community, along with staffs from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the BLM were the key organizing agencies. The BLM Redding, Folsom and Eagle Lake field offices helped provide rafts and raft handlers.

Key to the success were the contributions of individuals and businesses. Trinity River rafting and fishing guides donated their boats and boat handlers to accommodate families and provide safety patrols. Volunteers from area volunteer fire departments provided emergency medical technician standby, and members of the Trinity County Search and Rescue Unit patrolled the river in kayaks, providing an added measure of safety.

Following the float trip, the children and their families were treated to a hamburger barbecue, complete with a prize raffle. Food and prizes were donated by area businesses.

Local contributors and organizers included the Trinity County Deputy Sheriff's Association, Trinity County Unified School District, E. Clampus Vitus Chapter 62, Redwood and Rivers, Dave's Guide Services, Wilderness Adventures, Welch Enterprises, Shasta Nutrition Center, Cosco.net, Redding Lions Breakfast Club, Sons of Italy, KWCA, Douglas City Firebelles, Douglas City Fire Department, Trinity Life Support Unit, Disabled Adventure Outfitters, LEAP Humboldt State, Trinity Rafting, McColl's Dairy, Cole Construction, Dr. Fish, Redding Emblem Club #515, Redding Host Lion's Club, All Saints Thrift Shop and KLXR Radio.


News.bytes, issue 172 - 9/1/04