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Carson River cleanup Sept. 19


BLM news release:

The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office, and the Kiwanis Club of Carson City invite local residents to join them in Carson City from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, to clean up public land along the banks of the Carson River, Brunswick Canyon and Prison Hill Recreation Area.

Meet at the district office’s west parking lot, located at 5665 Morgan Mill Road at Deer Run Road (three blocks south of U.S. Highway 50 on the east side of Carson City along the Carson River).

This is just one of the many events that will be held around the country in September as part of the 16th annual National Public Lands Day. The day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2008, about 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants on public lands.

Who’s Invited? The Carson River Cleanup is an annual event that has been popular for conservation-minded groups, families and individuals, as well as for local groups like the Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, Junior ROTC and Key Club. Groups are asked to register in advance with BLM Public Affairs Officer Mark Struble (775-885-6107) to ensure enough tools, event t-shirts, food and supplies are available for all volunteers. Come on out, get dirty and enjoy a great BBQ lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club of Carson City.

What Will Volunteers Be Doing? This year’s projects include picking up trash along the Carson River, Sedge Road and Brunswick Canyon and in side canyons of the Pine Nut Mountains and Prison Hill. The BLM will provide all of the needed hand tools, trash bags and 30-yard dumpsters for disposal of waste–they just need help to load up those dumpsters!

What Should Volunteers Bring? Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, heavy shoes or boots (no sandals, please) and a hat and sunglasses to protect eyes. They should bring heavy gloves to protect hands from broken glass, metal and thorns. Yard rakes and boxes are also requested for gathering and disposing of broken glass and shell casings. Be prepared for either cool, windy weather or hot, sunny conditions; the weather in mid September in Carson City is quite unpredictable.

For more information and to pre-register, e-mail Mark Struble, BLM public affairs officer, at [email protected] or call (775) 885-6107 by September 16.

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