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10th Annual Bucket Brigade

We are excited to announce the 10th Annual Bucket Brigade, which will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Bucket Brigade is one of the largest outings for the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited (ENCTU).

Our volunteers will form a line that will meander deep into the forest to the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Williams River. Nearly ten tons of limestone sand in buckets will be passed volunteer to volunteer until it reaches the headwaters where it will be placed and slowly disseminate into the water.

The placement of limestone sand into the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Williams River in the Cranberry Wilderness area deep in the Monongahela National Forest will improve water quality and help with the ongoing resurgence of brook trout, the state's official fish, in the stream.

We need your help to ensure this outing is a success. Last year, nearly 100 volunteers from the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited and other Trout Unlimited chapters across the state, our friends at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WV DNR), and employees from several local Walmart stores helped make the day a great success.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Nelsen, the Bucket Brigade Coordinator, at (304) 951-2247 or

Meeting Place: Meet in the parking lot of the Cranberry Mountain Visitor's Center (Nature Center) at 9 a.m. The Nature Center is located on Rt. 39 at the junction with the Highland Scenic Highway. Click here for a Google map. Work Site: The work site is located nearby on the Highland Scenic Highway. If you anticipate arriving after 9 a.m., please drive out the Scenic Highway until you locate the work crew. What To Bring: Work gloves - expect to get wet and dirty, please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Safety: Please be careful at all times and do not exceed your normal capabilities. The buckets with limestone sands may contain up to 25 pounds of sand. Always watch out for traffic when you are near the Highland Scenic Highway. Food: Drinks, a mid-morning snack, and lunch will be provided.

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