First ever Ride for the River to be held Sept. 16

— The workshops were open to the public, and representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were on hand to educate people about the ecology of the Ausable River and the benefit of bank restoration.

An upcoming event will focus on planting trees to stabilize the riverbank, but a date has yet to be set for that.

The date for Ride for the River is set in stone, though.

“Now we’re in the 20s for registered cyclists,” Miller said. “I think some people are waiting to register to see what the weather will be like, but we’re riding rain or shine.”

People who don’t register online can do so the day of the event as long as they pay using cash or check.

Registration for the ride will begin at 8 a.m. at the Noonmark Mountain trailhead on Ausable Club Rd. in Keene Valley. It is $40 for Ausable River Association members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for ages 17 and younger.

The cost includes the finish-line picnic, a Ride for the River T-shirt and other swag.

All funds that do not go toward paying for the event will go to the river association.

“The way we live, recreate and work in this region has a lot to do with the character of the river valley,” Miller said. “I think it’s important to protect what the river does for us.”

For more information about the ride, visit ridefortheriver.org, and visit ausableriver.org for more information about the Ausable River Association.

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