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Help wanted for Public Lands Day

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

CVNP — The National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are seeking volunteers for habitat restoration and trail repair taking place Sept. 28 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

This half-day event is part of National Public Lands Day, a nationwide effort that promotes stewardship and enhancement of America’s public lands. The event is sponsored by Sprint and is a part of Trails Forever, a program to directly engage the public in helping ensure the trail system in CVNP is adequately maintained, enhanced, expanded and preserved.

Volunteers can choose from two projects in CVNP — removing invasive plant species to help restore native habitat, and trail maintenance to help ensure that the trails system in CVNP is carefully preserved.

Volunteers will receive a fee-free, single-use pass for a federal public land area that has entrance fees.

Advance registration is required by today, Sept. 26, via online registration at www.nps.gov/cuva (click on “Volunteer”), email to volunteer@forcvnp.org, or by calling 330-657-2299. Call 330-657-2299 for information on registering a large group.

According to CVNP officials, projects that are family-friendly with parent or guardian supervision include: ages 10 and older for invasive plant removal and ages 7 and older for trail maintenance. Tools will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots and long, thick pants.


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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