Much progress has been made since this video, but it's a good place to begin!
Wilson Creek begins as a small stream on the side of Grandfather Mountain and forms into an incredible national treasure over the next twenty-three miles. We conduct River Patrol clean-up events to remove trash left by recreational users, and also address abuse of this wilderness area from vandalism.
A strong, service-oriented conservation education component provides outreach to user groups and opportunities for volunteerism.
We have a core team, regularly active trained volunteers, and a number of associates and consultants who help us with this stream protection, conservation education, and community, state and local government outreach. We also have corporate/small business funding partners and hopefully, we will have YOU on our side as well.
If you are passionate about protecting our remaining wilderness and watersheds, we can use your help! We welcome individual volunteers and groups, Scouting troops, and conservation/science/natural history educators for programming. We use volunteers for River Patrol, Trail Maintenance, and presenters for outreach programs. All volunteers are educated on our purpose and River Patrol protocols, safety, and appropriate interpersonal interactions with River visitors. Mortimer business owner Bruce Gray started this clean up effort in 2008, and incorporated the Wilson Creek Clean Up Fund in 2017, now branded as A Clean Wilson Creek. Want to Volunteer? Click Here to complete a form and we will be in touch!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our story through word-of-mouth or social media, know that you are appreciated. This operation is costly and we can't take a day off given the current situation. Your support helps us work toward solutions while continuing the daily River Patrols UNTIL we achieve successful solutions! THANK YOU!
We also encourage thoughtful and respectful letters of support or concern to the following governmental agencies that provide oversight of this area:
District Ranger Nick Larson
Grandfather Ranger District,
Pisgah National Forest
109 Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761
Mr. Stan Kiser
PO Box 2200
905 West Avenue NW
Lenoir, NC 28645
Mountain Region Supervisor
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
1701 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699-1700
Your generous gift will ensure daily River Patrols to keep the Wilson Creek and surrounding wilderness areas clean from trash , support vandalism restorations, and fund our conservation education outreach efforts. Please make any donations by check payable to Wilson Creek Clean Up Fund (EIN # 82-0774988) & mail to ACWC / 436 Grand Blvd. / Boone, NC 28607
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Once confirmed, we will post all scheduled volunteer commitments and other upcoming River Patrol or maintenance opportunities on this calendar