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The third of seven campsites for the French Broad River Paddle Trail has been built. The French Broad Riverkeeper and the WNC Alliance plan to establish a world class paddle trail for canoes and kayaks on over 120 miles of the French Broad River, stretching from Rosman, NC to Newport, TN. In total, seven campsites will be added to complete the FBR Paddle Trail, so that paddlers have a camping opportunity every 12-15 miles, strategically located between the few existing public campgrounds.The most recent volunteer event for campsite construction on October 21 was a huge success, thanks to our volunteers from REI, NC DENR and AmeriCorps Project Conserve.“Working on the paddle trail was an amazing and eye-opening experience. At the end of the day, we were able to transform an area of land that was essentially a “forest” of invasive plants without access to the river to a beautiful clearing perfect for camping and fishing. I believe these campsites will not only allow paddlers to spend several days relaxing along the French Broad, but will also improve river stewardship and awareness. I can’t wait to paddle this trail myself and will definitely be back to volunteer!” says Joy Irby, Education and Outings Coordinator of the WNCA and member of AmeriCorps Project Conserve.Our goal is to make this beautiful new campsite ready for use by next year after some follow-up work including planting trees, removing debris from the river, and building a picnic table for campers. We are looking for volunteers to help us complete the Paddle Trail campsites by next summer. If you would like to join us for the next event, contact the French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson (firstname.lastname@example.org).Who: Western North Carolina AllianceWhat: Campsite Construction on the French Broad RiverWhen: 9:30-3:30, November 18, 2011Where: Private land in Henderson Co.
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