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HELP REMOVE LITTER AND GET A FREE BOAT TRIP ON LAKE MEAD

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Date: March 11, 2011
Contact: Andrew S. Muñoz, (702) 293-8691
Contact: Chris Pietrafeso, (702) 293-8711

LAS VEGAS – The National Park Service is offering free boat rides to remote areas on Lake Mead in exchange for a few hours of volunteer work. Volunteers will enjoy a scenic boat ride and assist park rangers with an environmental cleanup.

"There are more people who love the lake than have a boat," said Lake Mead Volunteer Manager Nancy Bernard. "We came up with this program to cleanup remote areas while giving families and groups a chance to get out on the lake."

The program called "Operation Zero" as in zero litter involves a day’s commitment. Volunteers meet park rangers early in the morning to depart for a cleanup site, which involves a thirty to forty minute boat ride. With supplies provided by rangers, volunteers help clean up the area. Cleanups usually take about two hours. Then volunteers get some time to explore the area and enjoy their lunch before returning.

Park rangers are still looking for groups of six to ten people for the following dates:

Saturday, Apr. 2
Thursday, Apr. 7
Thursday, Apr. 28
Thursday, May 5
Thursday, May 12
Thursday, May 19

Families or groups interested in participating should contact Chris Pietrafeso at Christopher_Pietrafeso@nps.gov or (702) 293-8711. For other volunteer opportunities visit http://www.getoutdoorsnevada.org.

- NPS -

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A flowering Mohave Yucca

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