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Carson River cleanup scheduled for Sat., Sept. 18



blm_logo-300x261-2397121-4198296CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office, and the Kiwanis Club of Carson City invite local residents to join them in Carson City on Saturday, September 18, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for an annual cleanup of public land along the banks of the Carson River, Brunswick Canyon, and Prison Hill Recreation Area.

Meet at the BLM-Carson City District Office’s west parking lot, located at 5665 Morgan Mill Road @ 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 17th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).  NPLD is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy. In 2009, about 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants.

Who’s Invited? The Carson River Cleanup is an annual event that has been popular for conservation-minded groups, families & individuals, as well as 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, Brunswick Canyon, and in side-canyons of the Pine Nut Mountains and Prison Hill.  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), a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes, and bring some heavy gloves to protect your hands from broken glass, metal and thorns.  Yard rakes and boxes are also requested to gather and dispose of broken glass and shell casings.  Also 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 & to pre-register:  e-mail Mark Struble, BLM Public Affairs Officer at [email protected] or call (775) 885-6107 by September 15.

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