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Volunteers Needed For Earth Day Restoration And Cleanup On Saturday, April 18

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Volunteers Needed For Earth Day Restoration And Cleanup On Saturday, April 18

On Saturday, April 18, 27 state parks across California will be the focus of California State Parks Foundation’s 17th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to help with environmental improvement projects statewide. Locally, volunteers are needed at Fort Ross State Historic Park and Sonoma Coast State Park.

California’s state parks receive great benefits from the work completed by volunteers during the annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. At Fort Ross, 75 volunteers are needed to repair fencing, till soil, install rodent barriers and build a new storage hutch.  At Sonoma Coast State Park, 50 volunteers will complete a campfire renovation at Bodega Dunes Campfire Center and 30 volunteers will clean up Jenner Beach. Businesses and individuals are sought to actively participate with their communities to help improve the quality, safety and preservation of California’s 279 amazing state parks. Both are family friendly events.Volunteers Needed For Earth Day Restoration And Cleanup On Saturday, April 18

“California’s state parks system has weathered budget cuts and financial ups and downs over the years, resulting in maintenance backlogs and reduced resources at many parks,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of CSPF. “The commitment of volunteers, park partners and sponsors such as PG&E, Chevron, Edison International and Oracle are invaluable to a public state park system that has been sorely underfunded for its regular maintenance needs.”

To volunteer on Earth Day, register at calparks.org/earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS by April 13. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers. 

Volunteers at Fort Ross State Historic Park will check in at 10 am and complete work by 1 pm.

Fort Ross is located at 19005 Coast Highway One in Jenner. Volunteers helping at Sonoma Coast State Park’s Bodega Bay Campfire Center will work from 8:30 - 1:00 p.m. The Bodega Dunes Campfire Center is located at 3095 Highway 1, Bodega Bay. Those volunteers doing beach cleanup will meet at the Visitor Center at Sonoma Coast State Beach, 10451 Highway 1, Jenner.

Since its inception in 1998, CSPF’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program has resulted in 80,967 participants contributing more than 334,301 volunteer hours worth nearly $6.39 million in park maintenance and improvements.  Additionally, more than $4.6 million has been raised for the Earth Day program.