Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the Friends of Whiskeytown, and Forever Resorts are collaborating with local businesses and supporters to help clean up litter around Whiskeytown Lake on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Over the last eighteen years, volunteers have helped to clear thousands of pounds of litter from the waters and shoreline of the lake. Whiskeytown’s Pick-up Lake Litter event runs concurrently with National Public Lands Day, which is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy. National Public Lands Day is designated a fee-free day for visitors to all National Park Service units, including Whiskeytown. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Western National Parks Association is offering a 15% discount on all bookstore items at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center.
Participants can register Saturday morning from 8:30-10:00 am in front of the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, which is located 8 miles west of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive. All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to register. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather, work gloves, and bring a water bottle.
After picking up litter from designated areas in the park, volunteers will be treated to a free barbecue lunch at Brandy Creek Marina. In addition, volunteers will receive a raffle ticket for prize drawings and have a chance to find special prize items while picking up litter, all thanks to several local businesses and individual sponsors throughout Redding.
For more information about Pick-up Lake Litter Day, please call Ranger Clinton Kane at (530) 242-3451, or Ranger Jeremiah Hockett at (530) 242-3421. To learn more about National Public Lands Day and other volunteer events occurring across the nation, please visit the website at www.publiclandsday.org For more information on Whiskeytown, please call the Visitor Center at (530)246-1225, or stop by during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. You can also visit the park website at www.nps.gov/whis.
-from press release
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