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Volunteers needed for annual river clean up

Mainspring Conservation Trust is hosting the annual Little Tennessee River Cleanup on Saturday, September 11. Volunteers are needed to work at a variety of litter zones on their own schedule that day.

In order to encourage social distancing, Mainspring staff and other coordinators will have supplies (bags, gloves and grabbers) available for pickup by individuals throughout the week at Mainspring’s office on 557 East Main Street, and from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. September 11 on Mainspring property across the street from its office. A dumpster will be on that site for trash to be conveniently loaded. A list of both roadside and vessel cleanup locations will be identified, so helpers can choose to work on floodplain land, along the riverbanks, or in the water itself. Canoes, boats and paddleboats are needed for trash removal in the water.

Mainspring volunteer Guy Gooder has been organizing this event for 16 years and spends considerable time scouting locations most needed for litter removal along the Little Tennessee and its tributaries. Gooder assigns locations to volunteers based on their ages and comfort levels.

Volunteers can also contact Rachel Newcomb, conservation outreach associate, at 524.2711, ext 305, to notify Mainspring of their intent to pick up trash on their own.

 Dedicated to saving the nationally significant places in the Southern Blue Ridge, Mainspring Conservation Trust serves the six western-most counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun County, Georgia. Learn more at

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