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NCNR to celebrate waterway

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Article Published: Jul. 25, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 29, 2013
NCNR to celebrate waterway

Environmental stewards and others who care about preserving the New River will gather on July 28 for the National Committee for the New River’s annual meeting and celebration.

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The National Committee for the New River’s annual celebration and meeting is about camaraderie, making new connections and emphasizing the importance of advocacy in protecting one of the High Country’s pristine natural resources.

This year’s meeting will be held at the River Ridge Land and Cattle Company in Mouth of Wilson, Va., along the banks of the New River from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28.

“River Ridge is very accommodating for people wanting to paddle in,” said NCNR advocacy coordinator Courtney Wait. “Also, it’s great for people wanting to drive in. Our membership expands from North Carolina to Virginia to West Virginia, and we are trying to be as accessible as possible.”

The NCNR works to protect important wildlife habitat, rare and endangered species, biodiversity and working farmland along the New River through voluntary acquisitions and easements, according to the organization’s website.

The committee also works with private landowners in stabilizing eroding bank systems that have been impacted as the result of traditional agriculture practices, according to previous interviews.
Advocacy and protection, in terms of educating the general public, are also cornerstones of the organization.

The annual celebrations are a way to keep members up to date with the affairs of the organization and to look back at past endeavors.

“We are required to hold annual meetings for our membership, but we like to have people come and have a good time down at the river,” Wait said.

As with past celebrations, this year’s river gathering will feature hamburgers, side selections, beer and wine, as well as other picnic fare.

A local land care advocacy group that promotes grass-fed cattle will provide the beef for the hamburgers, Wait said.

There is no cost for the event, but donations are greatly appreciated.

“With the annual meeting and celebration, we are looking to gather people who care about the river in one day and one place for a couple of hours,” Wait said. “This is about camaraderie and a chance to catch up and meet new people and expanding new friendships.”

Although a lineup of speakers has not been finalized, Wait said the organization’s board of directors will be on hand to provide remarks and comments.

Live strumming and pickin’ accompany the food and fellowship with impromptu performances from some of the organization’s talented musicians.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. To RSVP, call (866) 481-6267.

For more information on the National Committee for the New River, visit


If you are travelling from Jefferson, take N.C. 16 toward the Virginia state line. Take a right onto Hwy. 58 in Mouth of Wilson, Va., and turn onto Bridal Creek Church Road. Continue to follow the signs to the celebration.

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