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 24, 2009

Attention Volunteers: Litter Pick-up Scheduled for Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on March 1 at 1:30 pm

There's always work to be done on a national wildlife refuge! This Sunday at 1:30 pm, everyone has the opportunity to help with a roadside litter pick up on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

National Wildlife Refuges across the country rely heavily on dedicated volunteers who donate their time and skills to support public lands. Last year, 224 volunteers at Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge gave 16,262 hours to help maintain trails, educate the public, and serve the visiting public. People from all over the country organize work groups, mostly through schools or churches, to lend a helping hand with various service projects. This past weekend, 14 teenagers and parents from Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church came all the way from Richmond, Virginia to help resurface the Milltail Overlook trail and clear paddling trails on Alligator River Refuge.

“Piles of free mulch from Dare County Public Works disappeared faster than a beaver damming up one of our canals to build a lodge before the cold weather sets in,” described Abbey Reibel, Refuge Volunteer Coordinator. “It’s especially exciting to see this particular age group embracing the outdoors and really caring about the difference they can make.”

The next refuge volunteer opportunity will be on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge will host a roadside litter pick-up on March 1st at 1:30 p.m. “The roadsides on the south end of Pea Island are a mess and need some serious attention, so come on out and help. It will be a rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Simply look for the flashing lights near Mirlo Beach. We'll have plenty of trash bags.” Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Please contact Abbey Reibel at 252-987-1118 or by e-mail at Abbey_Reibel@fws.gov

Volunteers with shovels pose for picture, some on, some around a white truck
Fourteen teenagers and parents from Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church came all the way from Richmond, Virginia to help resurface the Milltail Overlook trail and clear paddling trails on Alligator River Refuge. If you have a group looking for a great service project in the out-of-doors, contact Abbey Reibel at 252-987-1118. Or, join the roadside litter pick-up this Sunday at 1:30 on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Photo Credit: Abbey Reibel (FWS)