18th Annual Pick-Up Lake Litter Day at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the Friends of Whiskeytown, and Forever Resorts are collaborating with local businesses and supporters to help clean up litter on Whiskeytown Lake on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  Over the last seventeen years, thousands of volunteers have helped to clear thousands of pounds of litter from the waters and shoreline of Whiskeytown Lake.  “Everyone in the community is invited to join us in making a difference at Whiskeytown Lake, and we look forward to seeing some of our dedicated, long-time volunteers again,” stated Superintendent Jim Milestone.  “We hope to also make many new friends during this significant community event.”

Whiskeytown’s Pick-up Lake Litter event runs concurrently with National Public Lands Day, which is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy.  National Public Lands Day has been designated as a fee-free day for visitors to all National Park Service units, including Whiskeytown.  In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Western National Parks Association is offering a 15% discount on all bookstore items at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center.

Participants can register Saturday morning from 8:30-10:00 am in front of the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, which is located 8 miles west of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive.  Volunteers should bring gloves, wear appropriate clothing for the weather, and bring a reusable water container for the event.  The park will have water available at various locations to fill up your container if the need arises.

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After picking up litter from various locations in the park, volunteers will be treated to a barbecue lunch at the Brandy Creek Marina.  In addition, volunteers will receive a raffle ticket for special prize drawings and have a chance to participate in a treasure hunt while picking up litter, all thanks to several local businesses and individual sponsors throughout Redding.

For more information about Pick-up Lake Litter Day, please call Ranger Clinton Kane at (530) 242-3451, or Ranger Jeremiah Hockett at (530) 242-3421.  For more information about National Public Lands Day and other volunteer events occurring across the nation, please visit the website at www.publiclandsday.org  For more information on Whiskeytown, please call the Visitor Center at (530)246-1225, or stop by during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.  You can also visit the park website at www.nps.gov/whis