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Clay County: Volunteer to improve public lands with PRIDE, Forest Service

Americans are invited to volunteer to improve public lands on National Public Lands Day (NPLD) Saturday, Sept. 24.

Clay County residents can receive free supplies for their NPLD projects on Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 23. (PRIDE is supporting NPLD activities on Friday to allow Clay County schools to participate.)

PRIDE is supporting NPLD projects in Clay County as part of a grant from the US Forest Service to remove illegal dumps in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

“This is a great opportunity to spend a nice weekend outdoors with friends while making a difference in the public spaces that we all enjoy,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

“PRIDE will be working with schools on Friday, and we invite any other group to plan their own event on Friday or Saturday, and we’ll provide the trash bags and gloves you need,” Wilson said.

“Anyone can plan a project that matches their interests and abilities,” Wilson said. “As long as you’re volunteering to improve a public space, we want to work with you.”

“Some ideas include planting trees at schools, fixing up shelters at a park or cleaning up a trail in the Daniel Boone National Forest,” she said.

“You can pull together some friends and neighbors to volunteer, or this would be a great activity for groups, such as scouts, ATV Clubs, churches and businesses,” Wilson added.

As the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event in support of public lands, NPLD hosts more than 2,000 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with a wide array of activities. Volunteers’ one-day efforts will equal more than $15 million in improvements.

PRIDE is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education activities in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. The PRIDE web site is www.kypride.org.

To request supplies for your National Public Lands Day event, please call the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888-577-4339.

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