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Volunteer, hike and ride in Redbird on Oct. 22

Volunteers of all ages are invited to pick up litter and enjoy the great outdoors during the first annual Redbird Ranger District PRIDE Cleanup from 10 am until noon on Saturday, Oct. 22.

“With a wide variety of sites to be cleaned — all in a gorgeous recreation area — this event will be ideal for groups of any age, ability and interest,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “We hope to see families, school groups, scouts, church groups and businesses. After volunteering, you can spend the afternoon together, taking in the scenery.”

“ATV clubs will want to volunteer because the Forest Service is offering a great incentive to pick up trash along the Redbird Crest Trail,” Wilson said. “For ATV riders who volunteer during the two-hour cleanup, the fee will be waived to ride the trail the rest of the day. This is an extensive trail, covering about 65 miles.”

All volunteers will be treated to a free cookout after the cleanup, and they will be eligible for great door prizes.

Volunteer registration will begin at 9:30 am at the work center at the Red Bird Ranger District Office, which is located at 91 Peabody Road, Big Creek, Ky. For driving directions, see www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/districts/redbird.

At registration, volunteers will hear a safety briefing and will receive their trash bags and gloves, which will be provided by PRIDE.

Volunteers will be taken by van to the cleanup sites, which include Hwy. 66, Arnetts Fork, Big Double Creek recreation area and Bar Creek Trailhead. Volunteers on ATVs can drive themselves to the trail that begins and ends near the Redbird District Office.

All volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately. Sturdy shoes, long pants and work gloves are recommended, along with clothing suitable for the weather.

Volunteers riding ATVs must comply with all safety regulations, such as wearing helmets. For more information about the trail and regulations, see www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/recreation/ohv_rb.shtml.

The cleanup is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service’s Redbird Ranger District, PRIDE and Clay County Fiscal Court.

For more information, please call Chris Reid, Clay County Solid Waste and PRIDE Coordinator, at 606-598-1281, or call the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888-577-4339.



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