Campers, Paddlers and General Nature Enthusiasts Needed – All strong backs and willing hands!
Join Off Grid Expeditions & River Guardians and Nature’s Echo Environmental Education Group on a Hurricane Disaster Relief/Coastal Cleanup Trip.
Target time-frame: The weekend of September 27th – 30th, 2012.
The focus area: Rural waterways in Jackson County, Mississippi – one of many declared disaster areas – Graveline Bay, Graveline Bayou and St. Andrews Beach.
The objective: To clear trash and debris from heavily impacted lake and river systems in rural Mississippi after the high waters from Hurricane Isaac start to recede. Cleaning will primarily take place from canoes/kayaks, but volunteers can also clean from the shorelines.
We are keeping options and plans very elastic due to the unpredictable and changing conditions throughout the impacted areas. Jason DuPont, Director of Off Grid Expeditions, has been in contact with local authorities and has received a huge amount of support and appreciation from this community. They are so glad we’re coming!
There will be two teams – Jason DuPont, Director of Off Grid Expeditions & River Guardians, will be leading a team which will be carpooling/caravanning from the Savannah area – and myself and my partners with Nature’s Echo Environmental Education Group will organize and leave from the Atlanta area.
Of course, if you’re not from these areas, we would still love to have you! You can make arrangements with your own group to meet up at “headquarters” Thursday evening or very early Friday morning at our designated campgrounds – just west of Pascagoula, MS. (We ask that you please communicate your plans with either Off Grid Expeditions or Nature’s Echo so we can get a head-count and ensure enough camping space/boats/supplies, etc.)
This trip will provide an opportunity for hard work – and will be a very rewarding and worthwhile effort for these rural areas that desperately need the help. Volunteers should be prepared for rough conditions. Provisional arrangements have been made with Shepard State Park for the use of their camping/shower facilities. Make plans to bring camping supplies and to cook your dinner over a campfire. (However, if you are interested in helping and don’t like roughing it, you are welcome to secure your own lodgings and join us each morning for the clean-up effort.)
If you have a canoe or kayak, please bring it – if you do not have a boat or would rather clean from the shorelines, please come anyway! We are in the process of lining up folks who would be willing to bring extra canoes and/or kayaks and who would be willing to transport to the State Park and/or daily landing areas. If you would like to get involved – either on the trip itself, or by volunteering the use of equipment/tools, etc – please see contact info below.
The focus area of this clean-up effort is in the extreme southern portion of Mississippi. Please note that these are swampy lowlands and there are alligators, venomous snakes and most likely a dense population of mosquitoes and other biting insects. Please be prepared for harsh conditions.
This is going to be a great trip to help out a seriously impacted region. Let’s show the people of our neighboring coastal communities that we care and are ready to help out. If you can spare a long weekend and want to be a part of this effort, let us know!
In the Savannah area: Email Jason DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org , send a message on the Off Grid Expedition’s & River Guardian’s Facebook page, or call 912-223-4908.
In the Atlanta area: Email Tauna Pierce at email@example.com , send a message on the Nature’s Echo Facebook page, or call 770-927-1635.
Connect with these two groups on their Facebook pages to stay informed of updates on the specifics of this trip as more details become available.
Sign up via FB Event Page: Click Here
View map of Focus Area: Click Here
Useful items to pack: Tent, sleeping bag, kayak/canoe, lantern/flashlight, coolers, sack lunches/campfire food, garbage bags, rope, work gloves, sunscreen, misc. tools, bucket, rubber boots, insect repellent, first aid kit, etc. (musical instruments for campfire fun!)
If you cannot join the trip, but would like to make a donation to help volunteers with fuel, food and/or supplies – please click here: PayPal (All donations to Nature’s Echo’s non-profit efforts are sincerely useful, greatly appreciated and tax deductible)
*For their safety and due to the unpredictability of this excursion, it is advised and preferred that very small children and pets not attend this particular event.