FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2013
Volunteers needed to help clean up beach near Point Robinson, July 21
Join DNR and Puget SoundCorps on Maury Island
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and crew members from the Puget SoundCorps invite volunteers to help clean up the beach near Point Robinson on Maury Island Sunday, July 21.
Volunteers are needed to help remove old plastic bottles, food wrappers, and other trash that’s littering the beach, tidelands, and uplands on and around Point Robinson.
| Who:||DNR and Puget SoundCorps crew|
| What:||Beach cleanup — Point Robinson, Maury Island|
| When:||Sunday, July 21; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.|
|Park at the upper lot at Point Robinson Lighthouse|
For ferry schedules to Vashon Island from the mainland (Pt. Defiance or Fauntleroy), go to: www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/Default.aspx
| Bring:||Work gloves, water, snacks and/or lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, sturdy work shoes. (DNR will provide garbage bags and forms to track how much and what type of garbage is picked up.) |
For more information about the beach cleanup, contact Cassie Williams, DNR Puget SoundCorps team member, 360-632-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Robinson is located within the 5,530-acre Maury Island Aquatic Reserve, which DNR manages. The aquatic reserve was designated in 2004 to protect distinct sets of habitats and species, including extensive eelgrass beds, kelp beds, sand and mudflats, herring, surf smelt, and sand lance. Maury Island Aquatic Reserve is one of seven aquatic reserves in Washington state. For more information about DNR’s Aquatic Reserves Program, visit: tinyurl.com/DNR-aquatic-reserves.
The Puget SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) administered by the Washington Department of Ecology. The SoundCorps, which includes youth and military veterans, creates jobs while cleaning up state lands across the 12-county area that makes up the Puget Sound basin.
The Puget SoundCorps was established in 2011 as a partnership among the departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Veterans Affairs, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Most Puget SoundCorps crews are made up of young adults from 18 to 25 years old, but in 2012-2013, some crews have included military veterans who work on DNR urban forestry projects in King and Pierce counties. Age restrictions for military veterans may be waived.
Learn more about the Puget SoundCorps: www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/psc.html
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Aquatic Resources Division Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, email@example.com
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