on Aug 08, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5704
Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the North Carolina Public Access Foundation (NCPAF) on a program that encourages groups, businesses, organizations and individuals to “adopt” Boating Access Areas to keep them clean and litter free.

Several groups, including the East Carolina University Bass Fishing Team and the UNC Charlotte Bass Rats fishing club, have adopted access areas through the “Adopt-a- Boat-Ramp” initiative and have held several litter clean-ups. The Bass Rats also helped build handicapped access at the South Point Boating Access on Lake Wylie.

“Any time a citizen cleans up a ramp, it frees time and money that could be better used to expand parking areas and build more ramps,” said Mike Marsh, chairman of the N.C. Public Access Foundation. “Having a college fishing club adopt a boat ramp gets young people involved with public access needs, but any individual or organization can adopt a ramp.”

The NCPAF has also donated $500 to the construction of the Hampstead Boating Access Area in Pender County. Construction is set to begin this fall, and the site is slated to open in spring 2012.

“The Hampstead Boating Access Area is located in an area that has experienced a severe need for free public access to the Intracoastal Waterway and adjoining backwaters for many years,” Marsh said. “This particular area of the coast has the most crowded boat ramps in the state and, therefore, has the greatest need for new ramps and expanded parking at existing ramps.”

To learn more about adopting a ramp, call Justin Marsh at 910-524-4713 or visit the foundation’s website at www.ncpaf.com.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 free, 24-hour boating access areas, go to Boating Maps/Locations.