EDEN, NC – For over nineteen years, the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) has presented the amazing sights and sounds of nature and cares for the unique and beautiful natural resources of our watershed by both providing and promoting outdoor recreational opportunities. .
Anyone who has ever been on a river or trail with the DRBA knows that the safety of our guests comes first. The DRBA also works closely with communities and partners across the region to ensure the safety of those who enjoy our natural resources by providing paddle and hiking safety training, direction signs on bridges that cross waterways, information signs along paths and at river access andReconstruction – or deconstruction – of infrastructures that pose potential threats to users.
DRBA’s work related to the safety of outdoor recreational activities is an omnipresent goal within the organization, and every year DRBA has initiated and achieved new projects that help protect our citizens and visitors.
The recent tragic event on the Dan River shows that there is still much to be done. For this purpose, DRBA invites its municipal, tourism, equipment and corporate partners to a renewed discussion about the safety of outdoor leisure activities.
“Every year thousands of people enjoy our outdoor recreational facilities thanks to the combined efforts of organizations and communities in our area,” said Tiffany Haworth, Executive Director of DRBA. “But a tragedy is too much. People and organizations from all corners of the Dan River Basin reach out to us and share new ideas about outdoor safety. We want these voices to be heard. ”
DRBA collects these ideas and invites its regional partners to a new conversation about the safety of outdoor leisure activities.
“Nobody knows the rivers and trails in our area better than DRBA,” said Robin Yount, director of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) in Rockingham County, NC. “We have worked with DRBA on almost all of our outdoor safety and recreation projects. The TDA will definitely join this conversation and is committed to working with DRBA to improve the reach and message of outdoor safety. “
All parishes in Rockingham County, NC and the fifteen other counties that comprise the Dan River Basin are invited to take part in this conversation about improving outdoor safety.
“DRBA is the expert when it comes to outdoor recreation and the environment,” said Cindy Adams, Eden City Tourism Director. “We have worked with DRBA on many projects and are determined to be part of this conversation to make sure we are doing everything in our power to keep people safe while using all of the outdoor amenities that we have around town Have, visit and enjoy Eden. “
In addition, companies and other organizations that value and are committed to outdoor leisure are invited to take part in the discussion.
“Like the rest of the Eden and Rockingham Congregation, we are saddened by the tragic event that occurred on the Dan River last week. We definitely want to be part of a community discussion about recreation and safety in and around the river, ”said Davis Montgomery, Duke Energy district manager.
Representatives of all communities, companies, equipment suppliers, and organizations in the Dan River Basin Region interested in this conversation should contact the Dan River Basin Association to [email protected] or 336-627-6270.