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Posted 8/13/2014

Release no. 14-39

Tracy Robillard

ELBERTON, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Richard B. Russell Lake Office seeks volunteers for the annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) cleanup campaign, beginning Aug. 25 and concluding on NPLD, Sept. 27.

Volunteers from scout groups, civic organizations, church groups, schools and businesses are encouraged to pick up trash around the shoreline and islands at Russell Lake.

Anyone interested in volunteering can obtain a sign-up form online Simply fill out the form and return by mail or in person to the Richard B. Russell Lake Office, located at 4144 Russell Dam Drive in Elberton, Georgia. Forms may also be returned via fax or email (contact information provided on form). Once registered, volunteers will receive more detailed information including safety tips, litter collection sites, and drop-off locations.

Trash bags will be provided upon request, or volunteers may bring their own. All participants will receive a map of the lake and a t-shirt, while supplies last.

“Our forests, lakes, and recreation areas are a national treasure and keeping them clean means keeping them safe and beautiful for people to enjoy,” Corps Park Ranger Zack Baldwin said. “We encourage everyone from the Russell Lake community to support this great event.”

National Public Lands Day, coordinated by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, began with the idea that millions of Americans who use federal, state, and local public lands each year could spend a day volunteering their time to the land and their country. The cleanup is also affiliated with South Carolina’s Beach Sweep/ River Sweep and Georgia’s Rivers Alive.

For more information, contact either Park Ranger Ed Faust at (706) 213-3416 or Zack Baldwin at (706) 213-3407.



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