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Namekagon River Cleanup

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Date: April 8, 2013
Contact: Branda Thwaits, 715-635-8346, ext 425                       

Volunteers Needed for Namekagon River Cleanup on April 27

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Celebrate National Park Week by helping the National Park Service and Namekagon River Partnership clean up the Namekagon River on Saturday, April 27.

This will be the second annual cleanup and will again focus on four sections of the Namekagon:

·Hayward Landing to Stinnett Landing

·Stinnett Landing to North Springbrook Landing

·North Springbrook Landing to Earl Landing

·Earl Landing to Trego Landing

Volunteers will split into teams to travel each river section in canoes or drift boats, collecting trash along the way. For those who do not want to be on the water, there are opportunities to help with event logistics, like driving volunteers to and from the work sites (i.e., put-in and take-out points).

Because there are a limited number of canoes and lifejackets available, volunteers are asked to pre-register. To volunteer, call the Hayward Fly Fishing Company at (715) 634-8149 or the Namekagon River Visitor Center at (715) 635-8346. Plan to meet at Hayward Landing (Highway 27 near the DNR Ranger Station) at 8:00 a.m. on April 27. Volunteers should bring water, lunch, weather-appropriate clothing, and sunscreen.

The Namekagon is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park and one of America's first wild and scenic rivers. National Park Week is April 20-28, 2013.

The Namekagon River Partnership is a citizen-volunteer organization working to celebrate and conserve the Namekagon River. For additional information, visit http://namekagon.org/ .

Did You Know?

A mussel or clam on the sand.  It is dark and bumpy.

Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.