FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2009
Volunteers wanted: Help clean up state lands on National Public Lands Day
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invite the public to celebrate National Public Lands Day this Saturday, September 26, by volunteering to improve lands managed by DNR. Three events will be taking place in Western Washington:
- At West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area in King County, DNR, along with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the City of Issaquah, are looking for volunteers to help pull out invasive plants and repair trails. Joining the event will be former participants of Greenway Summer Camps, a program for 10 to 18 year olds, and Washington Conservation Corps crew members.
- At Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve in Thurston County, DNR staff also need volunteers to help get rid of invasive weeds—particularly Scotch broom—and also repair trails.
- In the Yacolt Burn State Forest in Clark County, DNR and Piston’s Wild Motorsports are co-sponsoring the 7th Annual Pick Up the Burn. This event will bring volunteers from all recreation use types together to pick up garbage and haul out several abandoned vehicles. Doughnuts and lunch will be provided to volunteers.
Commissioner Goldmark will be working alongside volunteers at both the Tiger Mountain and Mima Mounds clean-up events.
Public Lands Day schedule
Tiger Mountain event
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet at the upper parking lot of the High Point Trailhead
Take Exit 20 from Interstate 90
Coffee and morning snacks provided by Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Doug McClelland, DNR, 206-920-5907 or email@example.com
Amy Brockhaus, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, 206-382-5565 or Amy.Brockhaus@mtsgreenway.org
Autumn Monahan, City of Issaquah, 425-837-3026, or AutumnM@ci.issaquah.wa.us
Mima Mounds event
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve
Waddell Creek Road SW, Littlerock
Contact: Roberta (Birdie) Davenport, DNR, 360-577-2025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick Up the Burn — Yacolt Burn State Forest
8 to 9 a.m. — sign up
9 to 2 p.m. — clean up
2 to 4 p.m. — appreciation lunch
Meet at the Jones Creek Trailhead (off of Lessard Road, about 6 miles north of Washougal)
Nick Cronquist, DNR, 360-575-5016 or email@example.com
Crystal Crowder, Piston’s Wild, 360-606-1648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit: http://www.publiclandsday.org/
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Recreation Program communications manager, 360-902-1523 or email@example.com .
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