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Flotilla of volunteers to hit the Tuck for annual clean-up day

The 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from part of the Jackson County river.  

The clean up is organized by Western Carolina University.

Most of the work is conducted from rafts, making it a great chance to get a free float trip down the river in exchange for helping scoop up trash.

Volunteers will be issued a life jacket, paddle and trash bags and placed in a raft with other participants after getting a safety talk. Base Camp Cullowhee (WCU’s outdoor program organization) will provide transportation to the river from campus. Volunteers should anticipate two to three hours of work.

Walking trails are an option for volunteers who do not want to raft. Organizers suggest eating lunch before arriving and wearing shoes that won’t come off in the water (such as tennis shoes or sandals with a back strap).

Registration for the event will be on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the first 500 to register receiving a free T-shirt. There is no early registration for the event.

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