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Santa Ana cleanup set for Public Lands Day

September 18, 2018

HARLINGEN — Officials with Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge are seeking volunteers to help give back on the 25th National Public Lands Day.

The cleanup event Saturday at Santa Ana, located near Alamo, is unique in that participants are being requested to bring their bikes to assist in removing trash from the seven-mile auto-tour loop.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and running until noon, volunteers for the Biking Cleanup will ride and stop to collect trash and other debris along the loop. Trash bags will be provided, and participants will receive a free entry pass to be used at any park or refuge for another day.

“This event is for the public to give back to their public lands that they use frequently,” said Christine Donald, a refuge staff member who is coordinating the Saturday event. “To restore these areas and make them stronger so that people and wildlife can continue to enjoy them for years to come.”

Participants are requested to bring a bike, helmet, sunscreen, insect repellent, gloves, water and snacks, Donald added.

Established in 1994 and held each year on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It focuses on green space in communities, environmental stewardship and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health.

National Public Lands Day is organized annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation, in cooperation with Department of the Interior, Department of the Army and Department of Agriculture.

Other participating federal agencies are the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

rkelley@valleystar.com

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