National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, takes place Saturday, and there’s a local opportunity to pitch in at the Smith River National Recreation Area.
The local volunteer effort will include a cleanup of illegal dump sites on the Smith River, maintenance work on the historic South Kelsey Trail and a provided lunch at Rock Creek Ranch on South Fork Smith River.
Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Hiouchi Forks boat ramp parking lot between Slant Bridge and Second Bridge on South Fork Road for provided coffee and juice and to arrange work assignments.
The work groups will reassemble at Rock Creek Ranch from 1:30 and 2 p.m. to consolidate trash for hauling and to have a free lunch. There will be a prize for the weirdest piece of garbage found.
There will be a limited supply of gloves, so volunteers are asked to bring their own if possible.
Volunteers can contribute time, tools, trucks and/or trailers. Other donations of food, drinks and clean-up gear are also appreciated.
The volunteer effort is a collaborative project between the Gasquet Forest Service Ranger District and Smith River Alliance.
The event will take place rain or shine, and volunteers are advised to dress accordingly. Long-sleeve shirts are recommended.