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Forest Hosts Pick Up The Pinchot Day

Saturday, volunteers wishing to help can participate in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's third annual Pick Up the Pinchot cleanup day.

This Saturday, Sept. 29, volunteers wishing to do a good civic duty can participate in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's third annual Pick Up the Pinchot cleanup day.

This event is part of National Public Lands Day.

Pick Up the Pinchot has grown to three separate cleanup sites this year. Volunteers will pick up litter and garbage near Sunset Falls Campground east of Battle Ground, near the Wind River Work Center north of Carson, and near Randle and Packwood on the north end of the forest.

"I'm excited and encouraged to see people getting involved with their national forests," said Gifford Pinchot Supervisor Claire Lavendel. "Not only do we clean up a lot of recreation sites, Pick Up the Pinchot gives us the opportunity to form new relationships with people in the community."

On the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the clean ups begin at 9 a.m. at Sunset Falls Day Use Area and at the Wind River Work Center, and at 8:30 a.m. at the Packwood Fire Hall. Each ends at noon.

Volunteers should bring a lunch, rain gear and sturdy shoes or boots. Gloves, litter bags, snacks, and prizes will be provided along with a free "PUP" T-shirt.

For more information on the Wind river cleanup call (360) 891-5001.

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