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Volunteers needed to help clean up beaches in Fidalgo Bay, August 18 
 

Washington State Department of Natural Resources  *  Fidalgo Bay Resort
Friends of Skagit Beaches  *  Skagit County Marine Resources Committee
Skagit Land Trust  *  Washington Conservation Corps’ Puget SoundCorps


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
August 8, 2013

Volunteers needed to help clean up beaches in Fidalgo Bay, August 18

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Friends of Skagit Beaches, Skagit Land Trust, Skagit County Marine Resources Committee, and crew members from the Puget SoundCorps invite the public to help clean up beaches in Fidalgo Bay on August 18.

Volunteers are needed to help remove old plastic bottles, food wrappers, and other trash from the beach and tidelands in Fidalgo Bay.

 Who:

DNR Aquatic Resources Division, Puget SoundCorps, Fidalgo Bay Resort, Friends of Skagit Beaches, Skagit Land Trust, Skagit County Marine Resources Committee
 What:Beach cleanup — Fidalgo Bay, near Anacortes
 When:Sunday, August 18; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 Where:   Park at Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd., Anacortes; Directions 
 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 Rose Whitson or Meg Harris, DNR Puget SoundCorps team members, at 360-688-0311 or rose.whitson@dnr.wa.gov

The cleanup takes place in the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve, which DNR manages. The 780-acre aquatic reserve was designated in 2000 to protect distinct sets of habitats and species, including tidal flats, salt marshes, sand and gravel beaches, and expansive native eelgrass beds. These habitats are recognized as essential to the reproductive, foraging, and rearing success of many fish and bird species. For more information about the reserve, download our fact sheet at: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_fs12_006_fidalgo_bay_ar.pdf  

Fidalgo Bay 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 .

Puget SoundCorps
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, toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov  

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360-902-1016
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