Help Clean Up and Green Up the Arkansas River on May 21

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) invites you to join them for their 25th Silver Anniversary Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup (CUGU) Saturday May 21, from 8:30am to 2:30pm.

AHRA encourages individuals and groups of all ages to clean up the public lands, roadways, trails and waters of the Arkansas River and Valley to maintain the health of the areas we love to relax and recreate in. AHRA CUGU organizer Rose Bayless says, “There is a lot of large and small trash such as wrappers, plastics, cans and other debris that have ended up in the grasses and bushes along the river and roads. We need to get rid of this unwanted and unhealthy trash to protect and restore the resource and its vegetation and wildlife.”

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CUGU is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. “We count on the cooperation of our valued volunteers to make CUGU a success, and each year more than 200 volunteers pick up over a ton of garbage from water bottles to sofas,” Bayless said. “We have been at this for 25 years now, which is really an amazing milestone! It is a positive sign that we now only fill up one trash dumpster instead of two. We definitely need to keep this effort going, especially with the surge of outdoor recreation we are seeing in the Valley.”

Individuals and groups can sign up May 21, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the parking area adjacent to the Buena Vista Community Center parking area off East Main Street and in Salida at the AHRA Visitor Center at 307 W. Sackett Street. Volunteers will receive trash bags and a “CUGU” button which will serve as their ticket to the volunteer picnic from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Salida.

AHRA looks forward to seeing a good turnout of people who want to give a little back to the Arkansas River and public lands that give so much to all of us! Call AHRA at 719-539-7289 or GARNA at 719-539-5106 for more information.

The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to http://cpw.state.co.us

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