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For Release: Monday, March 26, 2018

DEC Marks "I Love My Park Day" with Three Options for Volunteers

St. Lawrence, Herkimer, and Jefferson Counties Participating

Saturday, May 5, 2018, for the third consecutive year, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is participating in "I Love My Park Day" (ILMPD). ILMPD is a statewide event organized by Parks and Trails New York. This year DEC Region 6 has three options for consideration in three counties located within DEC Region 6.

Jefferson County
Where: Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
What: Beach cleanup/ Snow fence repair
Who: All ages
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 pm
What to bring: work gloves.
Meeting location: Meet at main Southwick Beach State Park parking lot (leaves DEC website).

Herkimer County
Where: Nick's Lake Campground, 278 Bisby Road, Old Forge, NY 13420.
What: campsite cleanup; picnic table replacement.
Who: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What to bring: Work gloves; yard tools.
Meeting location: Meet at garage area.
Directions: From NYS Thruway, Exit 31 at Utica, Route 12 North to Alder Creek, Rte. 28 to Old Forge. Turn right at the Post Office, and follow the Nicks Lake Campground signs 1.5 miles to the campground entrance.
From Watertown take Rte. 12 South to Alder Creek, follow above directions.
From Blue Mountain Lake take Rte. 28 to Old Forge, turn left at the Post Office and follow the Nicks Lake Campground signs.

St. Lawrence County
Where: Walter Pratt Memorial Forest/Picnic Area (Brasher State Forest)
What: Painting; picking up trash; cleaning out fire pits; raking leaves; removing broken picnic tables.; cutting brush/small vegetation; mulching; planting trees/flowers.
Who: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What to bring: Work gloves; garden and yard tools; safety goggles; dusk masks; paint brushes.
Meeting location: Sign-in Booth.
Directions: Walter Pratt Memorial Picnic Area is located off of County Rte. 55 in the town of Brasher approximately 1.5 miles north of the village of North Lawrence and 5 miles south of Brasher Ironworks. The Forest/Picnic Area is located approximately 0.5 miles after turning off of County Rte. 55.

Volunteers should sign-up ahead of time (leaves DEC website). Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear proper footwear/work boots, and long pants. Sunscreen and insect repellant is recommended. A bagged lunch and/or snacks and water is appropriate. Please email information.R6@dec.ny.gov for more information if needed. Last year over 8,000 volunteers took part in more than 250 projects at 125 state parks, historic sites and public lands throughout the New York.

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