For nearly 25 years, volunteers from Western Carolina University and the surrounding community have come together once a year to clean up one of Jackson County’s natural treasures – the Tuckaseigee River.
WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee is looking for volunteers to help remove a year’s accumulation of trash from a section of the Tuckaseigee River in Jackson County Saturday, April 19.
The 24th annual river 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.
“The Tuckaseigee River cleanup is the largest single day river cleanup in the nation. In the past years, more than 600 concerned volunteers came out to show their support,” 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 at the Western picnic area on Cullowhee Creek. Drawings will be held for a variety of prizes, including a mountain bike, donated by area merchants. Winners must be present to receive door prizes. The first 600 volunteers will receive free T-shirts commemorating the event.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and currently being accepted at the east wing of Brown Cafeteria, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-site registration will be at 11 a.m. the day of the cleanup on the lawn of the University Center.
Base Camp Cullowhee provides a comprehensive array of outdoor services to the WCU community through outdoor recreation trips, outdoor equipment rental and experiential education services.
For more information, call (828) 227-3625 or visit the Web site http://www.wcu.edu/student-life/division-of-student-affairs/departments/ak-hinds-university-center/programs-events-at-the-uc/base-camp-cullowhee-bcc/tuck-river-cleanup.asp.