Volunteers needed for litter pickup event at Region 8 state park

Volunteers needed for litter pickup event at Region 8 state park

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Crowley's Ridge State Park and the Greene County USDA are asking for volunteers to help with the park's annual fall litter pickup.

The event will be on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup and National Public Lands Day.

"Litter continues to be a problem in our park," Park Interpreter for Crowley's Ridge State Park and local coordinator of this year's cleanup Elizabeth Whaley said. "It can leave a negative impact on our park and the wildlife for years to come. By participating in this year's Great Arkansas Cleanup, local residents can help make Crowley's Ridge State Park a safe place for wildlife and beautiful place for families to visit year around."

The park suggests civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses to organize cleanup teams and pitch in.

Volunteers will meet in the open field beside Walcott Lake that morning to receive their directions and pick up supplies.

Supplies like safety vests, trash bags and work gloves will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well.

At 11:15 a.m., volunteers will turn in the trash bags and then head to a picnic area for a free pizza lunch and to receive t-shirts.

Volunteers will also receive a free coupon that is good for one year and offers one-time entry to any participating federal land management site, like USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

You must register to receive the free lunch and rewards.

To register, call 870-573-6751 or email crowleysridge@arkansas.com.

Registration ends Sept. 1.

"Litter is everyone's responsibility," Whaley said. "Although not everyone litters, we do all live in this community together and must work together to keep it clean and green. We do this out of community pride to maintain our outstanding quality of life and to improve our local economy."

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