The pandemic may have separated us from friends, family, and community, but connections are strong among those who give deeply of themselves to the rivers and wild places that nurture us. Here in the Smith River watershed, we’re grateful for the extraordinary friends and visitors that support and inspire us in so many ways. Sometimes our special friends leave us —– unexpectedly and permanently. They’re not forgotten! From time to time we will honor and remember them here. With this issue of Watershed we celebrate our dear friends and river partners Bill Lydgate, Jim Crenshaw, and Juniper Rose Prete.
A respected geomorphologist, Bill knew and worked on rivers around the West. We came to know and love Bill for his organizing of many Humboldt State University Institute For River Ecosystems adventures to the Smith River —- especially North Fork float trips.
As President of the CA Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Jim and CSPA provided critically important endorsements for SRA’s proposals leading to millions of dollars of restoration work for the 25,000-acre Mill Creek acquisition area.
Juniper Rose Prete
River guides and journalists Juniper Rose and partner Nick Prete worked on many projects around Rock Creek Ranch. Their great work is still enjoyed by visitors —- like the tent camping platform which provides amazing views upriver and across to the terrace. They were married at the Ranch in May 2019.