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Volunteers in Central Oregon will participate in sixth annual Love It and Leave It Clean Day.

More than 150,000 volunteers across the country will join in trail maintenance and planting projects, trash pickups, and other activities aimed at restoring and caring for public lands to celebrate the 26th annual National Public Lands Day on Oct. 5.

Organized each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation, and nationally sponsored by Toyota Motor North America, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

In Central Oregon, Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness, an all-volunteer nonprofit based in Bend, encourage local hikers to join them on for their sixth annual Love It and Leave It Clean Day.

Participants will collect trash and clean up local wilderness trails and campsites before winter. Each year many pounds of trash is collected and packed out.

Hikes will be on popular trails off the Cascade Lakes Highway. They will have varying lengths and degree of difficulty. Hikers will be able to join a hike that matches their hiking ability. National forest rangers and experienced FCCW volunteers will accompany each hike.

Hikers should bring lunch, water and work or gardening gloves. They should wear hiking footwear and suitable clothing for the weather. Trash bags will be provided.

Carpools will be arranged to travel to the trailheads. Hikers should be back in Bend by 5 pm.

Meet at Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St., in Bend, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Hikers can sign up at Bend Adventure Meetup Group at www.meetup.com/Bend-Adventure-Meetup-Group or just show up at Riverbend Park to register.

Contact Richard Nix at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 248-330-5654 for more information.

National Public Lands Day

- NPLD is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

- It is one of only five fee-free days for all national parks as well as many state and local parks.

- In 2018, the National Environmental Education Foundation estimates volunteers contributed 453,000 hours of service, valued at $11 million on NPLD.

- NPLD events feature volunteer, education, health, and recreation activities.

Learn more about National Public Lands Day at NEEFUSA.org/NPLD.

Find out more about Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness at www.centralcascades.org.


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