For a quarter of a century students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University and residents of the surrounding community have come together once a year to clean up one of Jackson County’s natural treasures – the Tuckaseigee River.
Base Camp Cullowhee once again is looking for volunteers to help remove a year’s accumulation of trash from a section of the Tuckaseigee on Saturday, April 18.
Now in its 25th year, the cleanup will cover a portion of the river in Jackson County beginning at East Laporte and ending at Barker’s Creek.
Volunteers will have the option of working from a raft or from the riverbank. No rafting experience is required for those working in the river; however, rafters are required to weigh 40 pounds or more. Transportation to and from the river will be provided, and participants should wear old clothing and bring gloves to protect their hands.
“Now celebrating its silver anniversary, the Tuckaseigee River Cleanup was originally organized by a small group of concerned volunteers and has grown into one of the largest single day efforts to clean up a river in the country,” said Jennifer Wright, outdoor recreation coordinator for Base Camp Cullowhee and coordinator for the cleanup.
After the cleanup, a free cookout will be held for volunteers on the lawn of the University Center. Drawings will be held for a variety of prizes donated by area merchants. The first 400 volunteers to register will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the event.
Registration forms are available on-line at http://basecamp.wcu.edu. On-site registration will be at 11 a.m. the day of the cleanup on the lawn of the University Center. For more information, call (828) 227-3625.