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Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-1108
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park are sponsoring the fifth annual River Cleanup Day on Saturday, November 8. 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 line, and old tires in our efforts to help preserve the beauty of one of our nation's most scenic and threatened rivers.The cleanup 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 one excursion that can accommodate 10 people.The park will provide canoes and arrange shuttles.Please contact Jane Brown at 432-477-1106 or by email for more information and to sign up for the trip.For Big Bend Ranch State Park: Bring your own canoes, kayaks, inflatable kayaks, or hiking shoes. Let us know if you have a boat and how many people you can carry. For those who do not have a boat or do not want to get on the river we will be doing a cleanup along the River Road, FM 170. To volunteer and for more information call Amber Harrison or David Long at Barton Warnock Visitor Center at 432-424-3327 or email e-mail us/ or e-mail us/.