The time has finally come!
After spending much of January and February overseas in Uganda, Julian Monroe Fisher has returned home and shifted his focus towards his next expedition: the Carolina Rivers project.
Julian actually launched the expedition last week on the French Broad River, where he and his team traveled 67 miles on the water to Asheville to arrive in time for the launch event at Highland Brewing tonight from 4:30-6:30 PM.
Along the way, Fisher and his team stopped to interview Jim Stokely, the son of influential local author Wilma Dykeman, who wrote in her 1955 book The French Broad that the time would come when our rivers were under serious threat. In the words of Fisher, “Wilma Dykeman is a woman few knew but someone we should still listen to.”
The Carolina Rivers project will be full of people like Jim and his late mother Wilma. The goal of the project is “education and preservation through exploration,” and at the heart of the expedition is the belief that awareness is key in saving the rivers, all of which now face major ecological threats.
The project is a homecoming of sorts for Julian, who has spent much of the last two decades on a variety of expeditions worldwide, with a main focus on the African Continent. Almost finished with his RailRiders Great African Expedition, which just completed Phase Four, Julian recognized that his next big project could be something that brings his work home to the Carolinas. Through media releases and a docu-series on Costa Del Mar TV, Fisher hopes his exploration of Carolina’s rivers and the people who depend on them will reach people across the country and raise awareness towards the preservation of the waterways that are the lifeblood of our country.
Join the Carolina Rivers Launch crew TONIGHT at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC from 4:30 to 6:30!