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Tickets on sale for River Ramble

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Wildlife Federation is hosting the Alcovy River Ramble on Saturday, June 8.

The event is a chance for folks to visit and learn about the eastern portion of the Alcovy River, including East and West Bear creeks, and some of the oldest homes in this pastoral part of the county, according to Jon Tonge, membership and communications manager for Georgia Wildlife Federation. The tour will include stops at Mount Pleasant, built circa 1835, and Gaither Plantation. From the bus, participants can view other notable homes and farms in the area, including Burge Plantation and the Belcher-Costley home .

Tonge said the tour should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the eastern part of Newton County.

The event is a fundraiser for Georgia Wildlife Federation, with proceeds benefitting the Alcovy River Greenway project, an endeavor to encourage private property owners along the river to protect the river and its resources and to provide recreation and education opportunities in public areas along the river.

Tickets are currently on sale for $20 for the tour alone or $50 for the tour and dinner. The tour begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. at GWF's Hazelbrand Road facility, where the outdoor dinner will take place.

Tickets can be purchased at www.gwf.org.

The Alcovy River Ramble is based on tours published in the 2011 "Ulcofauhatchee: A guide to life along the Alcovy River," a 44-page guide to the ecological and historical significance of the river in Newton County. Tour participants will receive a copy of the publication.

The Alcovy River Ramble is part of a Five Star Restoration project in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to promote community stewardship of natural resources.

The tour will depart and return to the Alcovy Conservation Center at 11600 Hazelbrand Road in Covington. Call 770-787-7887 for more information.