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Wilson Creek begins as a small stream on the side of Grandfather Mountain and forms into an incredible national treasure over the next 23 miles. We provide funding for daily River Patrols (365 days a year) that removes trash left by recreational users, and we also address abuse of this wilderness area from vandalism. We have a Core Team (Trout Team 6) and a number of associates and consultants who help us with 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. Bruce Gray (right) has been Mission Control of this clean up effort since 2008, and started the Wilson Creek Clean Up Fund in 2017, now branded as A Clean Wilson Creek.
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
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.
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