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WV Make It Shine event on tap

By Staff | Mar 25, 2011

RANSON – Volunteers across the state are rallying to improve their local parks, public spaces, waterways, hiking trails, sidewalks and streets by participating in the Department of Environmental Protection’s WV Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which takes place April 1 through April 15.

The City of Ranson, in cooperation with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, will kick-off activities with an Open House/Volunteer Day April 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the future Flowing Springs Park next to the Home Depot parking lot at Potomac Marketplace. To volunteer, call 304-724-3864.

Ranson’s WV Make It Shine activities are part of a larger national effort, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, that is expected to involve close to 3 million people. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter and removing scrap tires, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

The 2010 WV Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup produced phenomenal results with over 380,000 pounds of litter and debris collected by more than 3,500 volunteers. These hard working volunteers were also able to clean 100 miles of stream and 3,500 acres of park.

The WV Make It Shine program is part of the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan initiative under the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. All of West Virginia’s volunteer-driven cleanup programs fall under REAP- The Next Generation.

– From staff reports