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Mingo Trash Bash Day!
Midwest Region, March 23, 2012
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Approximately 40 volunteers from Mingo Swamp Friends, Stoddard & Dunklin County 4-H Rodeo Clubs and Mingo Job Corps spent part of the day on Saturday March 3, picking up trash on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. The volunteers targeted high use areas such as the popular Swampwalk boardwalk, refuge roads and on the Mingo River. Some of the volunteers donned lifejackets and went on the Mingo River to "tackle" fishing line and bobbers caught in the trees. Refuge staff educated the group about the hazards of trash to wildlife and their habitats.


The beautiful crisp day, coupled with peaking spring foliage, made trash easier to see and pick up. The Spring 2011 Flood left some trash behind as the waters receded. April marks "No MOre Trash" in Missouri, encouraging all of us to do our part to keep our state litter-free. We thank the Missouri Department of Transportation, who supplied special trash bags for the event and collected all of the bags. Mingo National Wildlife Refuge also gives a big "Thank you" to all of the volunteers who came out to help make a difference. Please do your part to keep nature litter-free and dispose trash properly.

Contact Info: Lindsey Landowski, 573-343-4268, lindsey_landowski@fws.gov
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