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River Cleanup Day

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Date: November 6, 2011
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-1108

Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park are sponsoring the second annual River Cleanup Day on Saturday, November 12. We are seeking volunteers to remove litter while spending a day canoeing, rafting, or hiking along the Rio Grande. These efforts improve local water quality, restore natural beauty, and reduce potential threats to human health and wildlife. The River Cleanup is a great way for groups of people to get together, have fun, and help their environment.

Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park will supply the river permits, tools, and trash bags for the volunteers who sign up to help us pick-up trash, abandoned fishing lines, and old tires in our efforts to help preserve the beauty of one of our nation’s most scenic and threatened rivers. The clean-up is a partnership of the two agencies, but each area will be doing the trips slightly different.

For Big Bend National Park
The park will have two separate day trips, with each trip limited to 10 people. The park will provide the canoes and arrange shuttles. Please contact Jane Brown at 432-477-1106 or e-mail us for more information and to sign up for a trip.

For Big Bend Ranch State Park
Bring your own canoes, kayaks, IKs, or hiking shoes. Let us know if you have a boat and how many people you can carry. To volunteer and for more information call David Long at Barton Warnock Visitor Center at 432-424-3327 or e-mail us.

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