December 15, 2006
Nancy Poe, Chief of Resource Education, 678-538-1241 (work), 770-318-1209 (cell)
Each year following the holidays, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area runs victim to the illegal dumping of Christmas trees and other types of debris. Not only does removal of the waste cost the park significantly, but the trees could potentially contain contaminants, which pose a threat to the flora and fauna of the local environment.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area supports Keep Georgia Beautiful, and encourages the public’s participation in the Bring One for the Chipper program.
On January 6, 2007, Keep Georgia Beautiful will hold its annual Christmas tree recycling event at locations throughout the state. Participating drop-off points include Home Depot stores in and around the Atlanta area, the Chamblee Civic Center, and several other locations. For the site nearest you, please visit http://www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org.
Lend your support to the National Park Service by recycling your Christmas tree with the Keep Georgia Beautiful program. Discard your lawn clippings and other debris in designated trash receptacles as well. As a reminder, depositing any sort of waste materials onto National Park Service grounds is illegal and will not be tolerated. Violators will be prosecuted by law. Park authorities strongly encourage anyone who sights illegal activity in the park to report such activity to park dispatch at 770-952-0378.