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National Public Lands Day


September 21, 2016

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24 with a park-wide volunteer event, which will focus on maintaining the park’s treasured natural and historical resources. Volunteers are invited to participate.

Park rangers will be working on expanding the existing pollinator garden, clearing vegetation from a river access, and a river clean-up from Lackawaxen, PA to the Corwin Farm Ranger Station at Pond Eddy, NY. Volunteers can choose a project to help with. At all events, volunteers should bring closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, insect repellent and a bagged lunch.

The river clean-up event will start at 9 a.m. at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA, at 135 Scenic Dr. The National Park Service (NPS) will provide equipment, including lifejackets, canoes and paddles. Volunteers should plan to get wet, and should be comfortable around moving water.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can help with the expansion of the pollinator garden. Join NPS biologists at the Milanville Office, 1152 River Rd., on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The pollinator garden was initiated by volunteers on last year’s Public Lands Day to provide pesticide/herbicide free resources for the vital pollinator species found in the river corridor.

You can also help clear limbs and brush from the Tusten Mountain Trail. Join park rangers on Saturday at the Ten Mile River Access at 9:30 a.m. and plan on working till 1:30 p.m. All tools and safety equipment will be provided.

For more information visit www.nps.gov/upde or call 570/685-4871 ext. 6610.