For Release: Sept. 24, 2007
Contact: Jeff Fontana (BLM) (530) 252-5332; Mike Odle (530) 226-2494
Volunteers Welcome on Trinity River Cleanup
Northern California outdoor enthusiasts will celebrate National Public Lands Day with cleanup projects and a barbecue Saturday, Sept. 29 along the Trinity River west of Weaverville.
Organizers said there is still plenty of room for volunteers to help clean up the river near the community of Big Bar. Volunteers will work from rafts, kayaks canoes, on foot and from vehicles to spruce up the river and its surroundings.
Those who want to help can pre-register by calling the Shasta Trinity National Forest Big Bar Ranger Station, (530) 623-6106, or the Weaverville Ranger Station at (530) 623-2121.
Organizers said there are projects for volunteers of all interests and abilities. People can work on jobs including removing litter from river shorelines and beaches, picking up light debris along Highway 299 and removing metal and other large debris. Work can be tailored to meet volunteers’ interests.
The event gets underway at the Big Bar Ranger Station, 25 miles west of Weaverville at 10 a.m. Volunteers will receive instructions and safety equipment. To celebrate the day’s accomplishments, a volunteer appreciation barbecue and raffle will be held at the Skunk Point Campground at 3 p.m.
The event, sponsored by the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management Redding Field Office, Caltrans District Two and the Trinity River Restoration Program, is one of hundreds of National Public Lands Day events planned across the nation.
Last year, more than 100,000 volunteers participated in more than 1,000 events benefiting public lands in every state. Work ranged from cleanup projects to trail and bridge construction.
BLM Redding Field Office
255 Hemsted Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Shasta Trinity National Forest
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002