ASHE COUNTY — New River Conservancy will host a clean-up day for the North Fork of the New River in Ashe County on Saturday, June 27 from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers will meet at Bent River in Lansing at 9:30 a.m and a BBQ lunch will be served once the clean-up is complete.
Volunteers should wear clothes that can get wet and dirty as well as shoes that can stay strapped to the feet and they should also bring sunscreen, water, hat, sunglasses and snacks.
The New River Conservancy are also looking for people who are able to bring canoes with life vests and trailers for boat shuttles or trash removal.
RSVP to the event is required in order to provide food, garbage bags, and boats.
The clean-up is a rain or shine event.
The New River Conservancy will also be hosting the third annual Paddle-A-Thon on July 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. to raise funds to support clean water efforts.
The event is an 8.5 mile family-friendly paddle from the New River State Park 221 Access to the New River State Park Kings Creek Access.
2012 Team USA Olympian Eric Hurd will also be at the event.
The event is sponsored by Riverside Canoe, Parker’s Electrical Service and Contracting Company and Boondocks Brewing.
There will be an after-paddle event at Boondock’s Brew Haus in downtown West Jefferson from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature music, food and beer.
According to New River Conservancy, their clean-up efforts led to 56,340 pounds of trash being pulled from the New River and its tributaries in 2014.
For more information email [email protected] or call 336-846-6267.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.