Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

February 7, 2007

Photo credit: FWS
Photo caption: The banks on the north end of Hatteras Island at Oregon Inlet are among the one most heavily used areas on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, this is also the most abused area. Pea Island Volunteers and staff spend countless hours picking up trash at this site, but it's a constant battle. Please join us for lunch and a couple of hours of trash pick-up on February 26! Be a part of the solution!

Volunteers Invited to Join Monthly Clean-Ups at Oregon Inlet

Do you care about our beaches and waterways and the way they look? Are you tired of seeing trash "dirtying up" some of our most pristine areas? So is the staff at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge! The Refuge is planning a monthly litter pick-up at Oregon Inlet, beginning Monday, February 26. Interested/willing persons are encouraged to join Refuge staff in this much-needed effort.

The banks and catwalks around Oregon Inlet are among the most heavily used areas on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge staff and volunteers have struggled for years to keep it clean. The grocery bags, nylon rope, mono-filament line, and other pieces of plastic trash are not only unsightly, but they also create a death-trap for wildlife that either attempt to eat it or that get ensnared in it. In an effort to concentrate clean-up efforts, Refuge staff have scheduled a monthly clean-up day and are inviting the public to get involved. On February 26th, refuge staff and volunteers will gather at the Oregon Inlet parking lot at 1:30pm to pick up trash around the parking lot, the bridge catwalk, and the rock groin across Route 12 from the parking area. The Refuge will supply the gloves and the bags- just bring the willpower!

As extra incentive, clean-up volunteers are invited to lunch prior to the clean-up! The group will meet at the Pea Island Headquarters (6.5 miles south of the bridge) around noon for a lunch get-together, then head north to clean the north end of the Refuge. Ann Marie Chapman, one of the organizers of the event, encourages everyone to "come out for fun, food, fellowship, and to help make the Refuge a better place. Please let us know if you're coming for lunch- so we'll make sure we have enough food. Otherwise, we'll see everyone at 1:30 at Oregon Inlet to get that place cleaned up!"

Come out and help enhance the natural beauty of our coastal areas. For more information or to RSVP for lunch, please call Volunteer Coordinator Abbey Reibel at 252-987-1118 or by e-mail at abbey_reibel@fws.gov.