Rivers fascinate me. I have canoed them for years and found ways to help them on my own and by volunteering through various river support groups. When Friends of the River announced its RATS program, I saw an opportunity to leverage my outdoor experience and engineering and native plant knowledge with FOR’s training. I want to create opportunities for more people to enjoy and learn what rivers have to teach them. My goal is to bring community and regional leaders to the river in meaningful ways that accomplish this.