By Tamas Mondovics
Freestyle kayaker and Tennessee native, Dane Jackson returned home last month to help clean up the rivers that made him one of the world’s best in his sport. According the recent data Jackson has amassed more than 80 first-place finishes including the Whitewater Grand Prix, IFC Freestyle World Championships and Green Race River Narrows Race in North Carolina.
To show his appreciation and love for the local waterways, Jackson joined SA Raft, Dirt Bag Paddlers, and the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) as well as local paddlers and volunteers on a two-day trip to clean up a stretch of the Nolichucky River in his home state of Tennessee.During the weekend effort, Jackson and the crew of volunteers removed countless tires as well as loose metal, glass, and bottles that have been sitting in the river dating back to decades.
Internationally published outdoor photographer Michael Clark, was on hand to capture the cleanup effort, setting an example for others and raising awareness for the need to keep Tennessee area waterways clean for future generations to enjoy.
A few photos capturing the event put things in perspective while giving the work and all volunteers some much-deserved publicity.