CRBI and Weiss Lake Improvement Association members and supporters will welcome Tuck to the Marina at 5 p.m. with a “River’s End Celebration” featuring a barbecue dinner. After the dinner, Tuck will share some of his photos and video and answer questions about the trip.
The event and dinner is free and open to the public. Donations to support CRBI’s education efforts will be accepted. Little River Marina is located at 1780 County Road 102 in Cedar Bluff.
Tuck began his journey Aug. 25 in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee, snorkeling the Conasauga’s clear water to shoot underwater photographs of some of the river’s fish, turtles, crayfish and snakes. By the time he reaches Little River Marina, he will have traveled 200 miles through three states on the Conasauga, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers.
The purpose of the journey is to raise awareness of the Coosa River basin’s aquatic biodiversity. The upper Coosa River system, which stretches 5,000 square miles across northeast Alabama, northwest Georgia and southern Tennessee, is considered North America’s most biologically diverse river basin with 30 endemic fish, mussels, snails and crayfish. These animals are found in the Coosa River system but no where else on earth.
A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources specializing in freshwater fishes, Tuck has documented his journey through writing, photographs and video which can be viewed on CRBI’s Musselhead Blog: www.coosa.wordpress.com. The Rome News-Tribune has also published Tuck’s reports online and in print editions.
CRBI expects to raise $5,000 during Tuck’s journey to support the organization’s education programs. Those making membership donations during the event will receive raffle tickets to win a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak from Cedar Creek Park. Supporters can make donations at Amos’s Odyssey fundraising page: http://www.firstgiving.com/coosa/amos-odessey
CRBI is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission of informing and empowering citizens to protect, preserve and restore North America’s most biologically diverse river basin.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JOE COOK AT 706-232-2724 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR AMOS TUCK AT 706-232-2724 or e-mail at email@example.com