“The Clinch River Valley is an incredible place. The river is a local treasure with international significance. This community workshop will help gather information, stories and vision to positively affect the Clinch for generations to come,” says Clinch River Community Workshop organizer, Kim Steika. The Workshop – which is to be held on October 4, 2011 at the Oxbow Cente rin St. Paul, Virginia – is co-sponsored by the Community Design Assistance Center, an outreach center in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN).
Organizers are asking folks to contribute their remembrances – both from long ago and recent memories and photographs – especially residents of Wise, Scott, Russell and Tazewell counties. The VA Dept. of Games & Inland Fisheries explains:
The Clinch supports a unique assemblage of aquatic life. The river is home to about 50 species of mussels, which is more than any other river in the world and over 100 species are non-game fish – minnows and darters that sport brilliant colors and play a vital role in the survival of other fish and mussel species. But, the variety of sport fish is what makes the Clinch a great destination for anglers.
The Clinch River has a lot to offer those who want to escape the familiar and explore the life of a river.
A U.S. Forest Service grant, delivered through the Virginia Department of Forestry, is helping support the workshop, which is the result of meetings already held by the IEN across the Clinch River watershed area, beginning last September.
The workshop is a result of prior meetings IEN has hosted across the Clinch River watershed area since last September, to explore the idea of a potential Clinch River State Park and other river access opportunities through asset mapping; and to raise awareness of the significance of the Clinch River. It’s important to capture these stories — from Daniel Boone to the present day, the River hasn’t really changed much. It has survived a few fish kills from toxic pollution but prevailed “admirably” in the face of this, and today a wide diversity of life is present in and around the Clinch River.
The Community Design Assistance Center and theInstitute for Environmental Negotiation have each linked with several other organizations to host this program, including The Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and others.
The Oct. 4 workshop will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.at the Oxbow Center,16620 E. Riverside Drive in St. Paul. For more information, call: (540) 231-5644.