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Northern California District
Release Date: 06/02/14
Contacts: Lynda Roush (707) 825-2300 (BLM)    
  Carol Vander Meer (707) 444-1397 (Friends of the Dunes)    
News Release No. CA-N-14-57

MEDIA ADVISORY: BLM, Friends of the Dunes Hosting 10th Annual Ocean Day

What:   800 students from 15 North Coast elementary schools will visit the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit of Humboldt Bay for the 10th annual Ocean Day cleanup and art project hosted by the Bureau of Land Management and Friends of the Dunes, a community-based non-profit organization. Working in class teams, the children will clean up litter and pull out invasive beach grass. They will end the day by sitting in formation to spell out "ONE BIG OCEAN" for an aerial photograph.

When:  Thursday, June 5. Litter cleanup and non-native grass removal: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Formation of aerial art message and flyover photograph: 12:30.

Where:  Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit of Humboldt Bay. Take the Hookton Rd. exit off Highway 101 south of Eureka. The exit is south of Exit 696, College of the Redwoods.

Story, photo, video opportunities:   Organizers from the BLM, Friends of the Dunes and the California Conservation Corps will be available starting at 8 a.m. Buses arrive about 9. Reporters, photographers and videographers can accompany groups to work sites and to the aerial art project site. There will be interview opportunities.

Participating Schools:  Jacoby Creek School, Redwood Coast Montessori, Blue Lake Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Maple Creek, Laurel Tree, Fuente Nueva, Zane Middle School, Scotia Elementary, Pacific View Charter, Cutten School, Trinidad School, Sunny Brae Middle School, Alice Birney School and Loleta Elementary.

Background:   To prepare for this event, members of Friends of the Dunes have been conducting classroom presentations on the fragile nature of native sand dune habitats, the importance of the ocean and how our actions affect it. The program was created in 1994 by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and is used statewide by the California Coastal Commission. Similar events will be taking place at five other locations along the California Coast, prior to the observance of World Ocean Day, Sunday June 8.


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Last updated: 06-02-2014