September 12, 2008

DCNR Seeking Community Volunteers to Help Cleanup State Forest, Park


Contact: Terry Brady of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, +1-717-772-9101

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis is calling for volunteers to help remove illegally dumped trash during a series of state forest and park cleanups that begin Saturday along roads in Lackawanna State Forest, Luzerne County.

"Lackawanna State Forest's more than 26,000 acres offers many things to many people in several large eastern cities," DiBerardinis said. "We need the valuable help of these visitors from nearby communities in our efforts to remove litter and illegally dumped trash along our state forest roads."

Trash removal also will be targeted in weekend cleanups planned later this month at Little Tinicum Island, a section of William Penn State Forest District in the Delaware River, Delaware County, and Nescopeck State Park, Luzerne County.

Relying heavily on community volunteer teams, the clean up efforts are part of the ongoing Forest Lands Beautification Program and DCNR's partnership with PA CleanWays, a non-profit organization. Trash and dump-sites are located, cleaned, and transformed into focal points for educating the public on proper trash-disposal methods, and encouraging cleanup volunteers to report illegal dumping and violators.

"This partnership has a proud history of ridding our open spaces of eyesores while protecting watersheds, fish and wildlife from the sometimes dangerous run-off from illegal dumps," DiBerardinis said. "For example, in April more than 16 tons of tires, scrap metal and other illegally dumped material were removed from a section of Bald Eagle State Forest in Mifflin County and two Buchanan State Forest tracts in Fulton County."

Working from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, volunteer work crews will target illegal dump-sites at the Avondale Hill and Midzail parking areas in Lackawanna State Forest.

Volunteers will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the state forest parking area adjacent to Harveys Creek along Route 29, about 1.6 miles north of Route 11.

Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 14. Volunteers should register by telephoning Susan Carmichael, PA CleanWays, at (877) 772-3673, ext. 25; or by e-mail at [email protected]

The Little Tinicum Island cleanup effort is set from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Volunteers meet at 8:30 a.m. at Ridley Township Marina, Ridley Park. Volunteers will be transported by boat to the island. Bad weather or high river conditions could force postponement. For condition updates and registration, contact Michelle Dunn, PA CleanWays, at (877) 772-3673, ext. 37; or by email at [email protected]

The Lower Day-Use Area, sections of the Woodfrog Trail and sections of Nescopeck State Park will be targeted by cleanup crews from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 (Rain date: Oct. 4). Volunteers will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Nescopeck State Park office off Honey Hole Road, Luzerne County. Contact is Susan Carmichael, PA CleanWays, (877) 772-3673, ext. 25; [email protected]

Participants in all cleanup activities are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long sleeves and work gloves. All volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor during the cleanup and must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Each adult supervisor may be responsible for no more than six youth volunteers.

For more information about PA CleanWays, visit www.pacleanways.orgor call 877-772-3673.

CONTACT: Terry Brady of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, +1-717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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