Arkansas' Felsenthal Refuge to hold ‘Spring Sweep’ on March 10

FELSENTHAL – Volunteers will gather at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in south Arkansas on March 10 to clean up the refuge.

Individuals, groups and clubs will pick up litter, discarded tires and other trash. Collection of trash will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 12 noon.

Sponsored by the Friends of Felsenthal and Ideal True Value, the cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup which is a nationwide community-improvement campaign presented by Keep America Beautiful.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year’s cleanup effort, said Amanda Wilkinson, the refuge’s public use specialist. “Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses are welcome,” she said. “This year’s incentive will be like no other. Not only is this a great way to make our community shine, it’s a way to raise awareness and funds for your group and cause. The Friends of Felsenthal and Ideal True Value are offering a $250 check for the largest weighed-in pounds of trash collected from the refuge,” Wilkinson explained.

Volunteers will meet at the Old Beer Joint Access at 9 a.m. and where they will be provided with directions to locations around the refuge to collect litter.

Gloves, bags, and safety equipment will be provided. Weigh-in will be at 11 a.m., followed by an award ceremony, prizes and fun. All groups should first register for the event and identify their group and cause by contacting the refuge. For more information contact Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, 870-364-1170 or follow the refuge on Facebook at South Arkansas Refuge Complex for refuge information and more.

In case of rain, the Refuge Sweep will be Saturday, March 17.

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