Blackwater NWR to celebrate Earth Day with litter removal

Earth Day

CAMBRIDGE — In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) invites the public to promote environmental stewardship by participating in its annual litter cleanup activities at the refuge.

Come out to the refuge and work with staff, Friends of Blackwater members and other volunteers as they clean up refuge roads to promote the health of the forest and wetlands. Help them continue a tradition that began in 1970, when over 20 million people pledged to help the environment during the first Earth Day.

Blackwater NWR’s Annual Earth Day Litter Pick-Up will be held on April 11, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Trash will be collected from the roads around Blackwater NWR, beginning at the Blackwater Visitor Center, located on Key Wallace Drive near Cambridge. Snacks and drinks will be supplied by the Friends of Blackwater for everyone who comes.

In addition, the first 30 people who register for this event will receive an appreciation gift.  Individuals and groups of all ages are invited, and low-traffic litter areas will be set aside for those with young children. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and wear brightly colored clothes for working along the roads. If you, your family, or your organization is interested in registering for the Litter Pick-up please contact Tom Miller or Michele Whitbeck at 410-901-6124. Information about the refuge can be found at www.fws.gov/refuge/Blackwater.

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