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DNR Seeks Volunteers for Western Maryland Rail Trail Clean Up

Volunteers cleaning up the Western Maryland Rail Trail at last year's event.

Big Pool, Md. (March 19, 2012) ─ The Maryland Park Service is seeking volunteers to help them with some spring cleaning, picking up trash along the Western Maryland Rail Trail from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

“The event is a great way for family and friends to get outside and enjoy the beautiful, spring weather and show their appreciation for our State’s natural and recreational resources,” said Amanda Carbaugh, seasonal ranger at Fort Frederick State Park.

The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a 23-mile long, paved, bike trail that was built on the abandoned Western Maryland Railway. The trail offers bicycling, hiking, cross country skiing and other recreational activities. The trail runs from Big Pool through the historic town of Hancock, ending at Pearre Station. The Rails to Trails Conservancy, a non-profit organization, recently chose the Western Maryland Rail Trail as one of the top 12 trails in the United States.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O bicycle shop located at 9 South Pennsylvania Avenue in Hancock, Maryland. Trash bags and water will be provided but volunteers should bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, clothes to get dirty in, sunscreen, snacks and bug spray. For more information about the clean up please contact Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155.




   March 19, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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