FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2010
Join DNR to celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day
Public invited to join other volunteers at Mima Mounds to lend a hand
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 24, at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve (NAP) near Littlerock, Washington.
At this family-friendly event, volunteers and visitors will work to remove invasive scotch broom and enjoy interpretive site tours led by the site’s knowledgeable managers and stewards. Activities start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be provided. You may wish to bring a lunch. Visitor facilities include a one-half mile paved interpretive trail, an interpretive shelter with displays, a two mile loop trail, parking lot and restroom.
DIRECTIONS: From I-5, take exit 95, go west on Hwy 121 toward Littlerock. In Littlerock, continue west on 128th to “T”, turn right on Waddell Creek Rd, Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve entrance is about 1 mile on left.
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please contact: Natural Area Manager Birdie Davenport at 360-596-5144 email@example.com
Due to its unique topographical features and native grassland ecosystem, Mima Mounds was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1968. In 1972, it became one of the state’s first Natural Area Preserves under the newly established Natural Area Preserves Act.
Of the 130,000 acres of natural areas, 35,361 acres make up 53 NAPs located throughout Washington. These preserves protect outstanding features including native forests and grasslands, bogs, and sagebrush communities, as well as habitat for other rare plant and animal species. Varying in size from about 5 acres to 3,600 acres, Natural Area Preserves are acquired through gift or purchase from willing sellers. This network of preserves represents a legacy for future generations and helps ensure that blueprints of the state's natural ecosystems are protected forever.
Volunteers and DNR: An enduring partnership
Volunteers play a key role in keeping DNR recreation areas open and safe for the public. Volunteers help maintain trails and facilities, pick up litter, participate in work parties, provide information to visitors, and alert law enforcement to any illegal activities. Each year, volunteers spend tens of thousands of hours working to improve recreation on DNR-managed lands. Many of these hours can be used as in-kind match when DNR applies for grant funding.
Media Contact: Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1721, firstname.lastname@example.org
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