News Release

For Release:  Sept. 4, 2008      
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or Bill Kuntz (530) 224-2100
CA-N-08-89

Volunteers Needed fpr Clear Creek Cleanup Project

Effort Will Commemorate National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 27

Volunteers can celebrate the 15th annual National Public Lands Day later this month by participating in a cleanup project along the Clear Creek Greenway south of Redding.
 
The Bureau of Land Management, Western Shasta Resource Conservation District and Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve will host the event Saturday, Sept. 27. Working from the banks of Clear Creek and from watercraft, volunteers will pick up litter, scour off graffiti and tear down old fencing in the day-long project.
 
The BLM will provide gloves, tools, safety equipment and water.

Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve, seven miles west of Highway 273 on Clear Creek Road.  Those who prefer to work from the creek must bring their own kayaks, canoes or inflatable rafts.
 
They day will conclude at 2 p.m. with a barbecue, including prize giveaways, at the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve.  Each volunteer will receive a one-day pass good for free entry at any public land fee site managed by the BLM, National Park Service, Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.
 
National Public Lands Day events are held across the country, providing a chance for community residents to make their public lands safer and cleaner.  It is the nation's largest single day event focused on cleaning up public lands.
 
"Last year we reached a monumental participation of 110,000 volunteers, and we are expecting to increase this by an additional 10,000 this year," said Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day.
 
This year the event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  By educating volunteers across the country, National Public Lands Day maintains the legacy of the CCC, an army of three million Americans who in the 1930s countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than three billion trees, building 800 state parks and fighting forest fires.
 
More information on the Redding area event is available from Bill Kuntz or Anastasia Lytle at the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100.  Information on National Public Lands Day, including a complete list of events, is available at www.publiclandsday.org.

-BLM-

Redding Field Office    355 Hemsted Dr.     Redding, CA  96002