2011 Annual Obed River Clean-Up
Contact: Moria Painter, (423) 346-6294
Obed Wild and Scenic River hosts a clean-up day on May 21 as part of the National River Clean Up. About a dozen volunteers typically participate in this annual event held here since 1995.
Nationally, more than 320 sites remove trash from 6,000 stream miles through the National River Clean Up sponsored by American Rivers. Within Obed, volunteers pick up trash from several miles of the park's river property at key access points, such as Nemo, Lilly, Jett, and Barnett, along both the Obed and the Emory rivers. Other volunteers with special talents assist with projects such as fence mending, trail rehabilitation, and facility maintenance.
To participate, sign up at 9 a.m. Saturday May 21 at the Obed Visitor Center, 208 N. Maiden St., in downtown Wartburg. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, insect repellent, and sun block and to wear sturdy shoes.
Participants are invited to the Obed Visitor Center around noon for a free volunteer appreciation lunch. Hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, chips, cookies, and lemonade will be provided, and, if you'd like, bring a dish to share. Former volunteers are also welcome to the lunch.
For more information, call the park at (423) 346-6294.
Did You Know?
Did you know that "Longhunters" - white men who hunted for animal skins and furs - came to the Obed region in the 18th century? The flintlock rifle was the preferred weapon of choice.