HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 7, 2009 – High Point University students involved in the Outdoor Activities Club and a kayaking class recently cleaned a 12-mile section of the Dan River in Stokes County.
This cleanup, part of the Big Sweep North Carolina initiative, marks the 12th cleanup in which these two groups have participated since 2003. The HPU groups typically help clean up the Dan River twice a year.
Clay Stradley, a senior biology major at HPU, has participated in the event previously.
“When I look at the current state of the environment, I am looking for any opportunity to make an improvement,” Stradley says. “So that is why I opted to go on the Dan River cleanup again. It’s also just fun to be outdoors enjoying nature.”
The groups couldn’t have done it without local partners that supplied them with the items needed to help clean up such a large area.
Kelly Norton, director of Experiential Learning, says HPU partners with the Tarheel Paddlers Association, a group of local paddlers who cleaned a section of the river at the same time; the Dan River Company, which donated the canoes that were used as trash barges; Hanging Rock State Park rangers, who arranged pickup of the trash that was unloaded at the Hanging Rock access on the Dan River; and the National Association Conservation District of Stokes County, which provided trash bags and gloves, helped advertise the event and arranged trash pickup at Moratock Park.
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