Ride for Reddby Staff
Idaho Mountain Express, March 17, 2017
M.J. Wright, left, Katelyn Spradley and Kat Cannell are readying themselves for quite the ride. All are experienced long-distance horseback riders and multiequestrian competitors. Fishing, rafting, mountain biking, mountaineering, kayaking, climbing and snowboarding are also résumé items for these adventurous women.
They are planning to ride horseback 1,000 miles from Astoria, Ore., at the mouth of the Columbia River on the Pacific Coast, to Stanley, Idaho, following roughly the same path as the salmon run through the Columbia, Snake and Salmon River drainages. They estimate that they will need two months to complete the journey, whose purpose is to call attention to the immediate need for action in protecting the Northwest's wild salmon.
These anadromous fish are essential to the ecosystem of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and the nation, and migrate more than 900 miles and gain more than 6,500 feet of elevation en route to their spawning grounds at Redfish Lake.
In partnership with Idaho Rivers United and Save Our Wild Salmon, Ride For Redd is intended to create awareness, raise funds and encourage action to help wild salmon return to their spawning beds, called redds.
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