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For Release: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DEC Region 6 Participates in "I Love My Park Day" May 6th

Community volunteers improve trails, clean up trash, and plant trees

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is inviting the public to participate in Region 6's "I Love My Park Day" on May 6, 2017. "I Love My Park Day" is the public's opportunity to give back to our parks and ensure that others can continue to enjoy some of the state's greatest open spaces. "This is the second year Region 6 has participated in 'I Love My Park Day.' It's a great way for a family, individual or group of people to give back to the environment by helping with small cleanup projects while getting some exercise and fresh air and working together to achieve a common goal," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

The first opportunity for volunteers is in St. Lawrence County at Cranberry Lake Campground in Cranberry Lake, NY. The Cranberry Lake area is one of the largest remote areas remaining in New York, with a minimum of encroachment on the lake and thousands of acres of unbroken forest lands to the south. Cranberry Lake Campground offers a great base for hiking the numerous trails in the area. Volunteers are needed to rake leaves, move picnic tables, clean out fireplaces, and plant shrubs. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the campground entrance.

Directions to Cranberry Lake Campground: From the West: I-81 take Exit 45 (Route 3) at Watertown. Take Route 3 to Cranberry Lake Village. Turn right on Lone Pine Road, campground is 1 mile south. From the North: Take Route 56 south from Potsdam. At intersection with Route 3 turn right (west) and follow Route 3 to Cranberry Lake Village. Turn left onto Lone Pine Road, campground is 1 mile south. From the South: From I-90 (NYS Thruway) west take Exit 27 at Amsterdam to Route 30 north. Take Route 30 north to Tupper Lake Village, turn left onto Route 3 west. Take Route 3 to Cranberry Lake Village, turn left on Lone Pine Road, campground is 1 mile south.

The second opportunity for volunteers is in Oneida County at Rome Sand Plains Unique Area, city of Rome, NY. The Rome Sand Plains is noted for its Wild Blue Lupine flowers, an essential food source of the Frosted Elfin Butterfly. The flowers should just be starting to bloom during this event. Volunteers at the unique area will be performing trail maintenance, trash pick-up, and planting pitch pine trees. Volunteers will meet just east of the Wood Creek Trailhead, on Hogsback Road, in the city of Rome, at 10:00 a.m.

Directions: From the City of Rome, take State Route 49/46 West (Rome-Taberg Road), and then left on State Route 49 (Rome-New London Road) when the two split. Stay on State Route 49 for approximately 2.3 miles, and take a Right onto Oswego Road (a small brown sign points Right towards the Rome Sand Plains). Proceed down Oswego Road for 0.8 miles, and take a left onto Hogsback Road. The event will be taking place 1.4 miles down Hogsback Road. Please park on the North shoulder of Hogsback Road, or as directed. Volunteers should sign-up ahead of time with NYS Parks.

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