Russell Lake seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day Cleanup

USACE, Savannah District
Published Aug. 15, 2022

Savannah, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, is seeking volunteers to help clean up around Richard B. Russell Lake in recognition of National Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

Scout groups, civic organizations, church groups, schools, sport clubs, businesses, and families can volunteer to help keep the lake in its natural state of beauty, by gathering litter and other non-natural debris along the shoreline and islands in and around Russell Lake.

“This year, we are again partnering with Beaverdam Marina to be our base camp,” said Richard B. Russell Lake Park Ranger Annette Dotson. “This will give participants one central location to launch boats, bring back trash, buy fuel and pick up bags and gloves. We are also excited to have Richard B. Russell State Park joining us for the cleanup and special projects.”

Volunteers can arrive in boats or come by vehicle and the rangers will assign islands or areas along the shoreline to clean. Other projects include constructing an access ramp for a hunting blind and installing blue bird boxes.

The day begins at 9 a.m. at Beaverdam Marina or volunteers can call ahead for area assignments and start from home. The day ends at noon with a free lunch and awards ceremony. Participants will also receive a free t-shirt, and a fee-free federal pass, while supplies last, along with a special bag of goodies.

To register, call Dotson at 706-213-3400, toll free at 800-944-7207, or email Once registered, volunteers will receive more information about potential cleanup sites, trash drop-off locations, special project information, and lunch details.

The volunteer registration forms are also available online at Land Day SignUp for the sign-up form and here Volunteer Agreement for the volunteer agreement. Both are required. A flyer is available here: Land Day Flyer


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Cheri Pritchard, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 22-018