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Volunteers needed for Carson River Cleanup, Saturday, Sept. 17

By ThisIsReno

BLM NEWS RELEASE

CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Sierra Front Field Office, the Kiwanis Club of Carson City, the Carson River Advisory Committee, and the Don’t Trash Nevada Campaign invite local residents to join them in Carson City on Saturday, September 17, 2011, 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 18th 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 2010, about 125,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants from hundreds of site across America.  This 2011 event also supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside! (LMO) initiative designed to connect children and families to nature through healthy and fun outdoor recreation and stewardship activities.

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 Project Coordinator Mark Struble (775-721-8006) 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, as well as planting vegetation and helping with wildlife habitat improvement projects along the river corridor.  The organizers 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!  There will also be a variety of educational materials available for all participants.

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, Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or call (775) 721-8006 by September 14.