Sept. 22, 2006
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Volunteers Needed for Big Sweep Clean Up at N.C. Coastal Reserves
RALEIGH —North Carolina’s Coastal Reserves need volunteers for this year’s Big Sweep clean up events at Reserve sites on the N.C. coast.
The Big Sweep will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Oct. 7 at the Currituck Banks and Buxton Woods sites in the Outer Banks, and at the Masonboro Island and Zeke’s Island sites near Wilmington. The Rachel Carson Reserve site in Beaufort will hold its event Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Groups and individuals are invited to participate. Volunteers should arrive at the sites before 9 a.m. and should wear shoes and clothes that can get wet, and bring gloves and a hat. Litter bags will be provided, but volunteers should bring drinking water, insect repellent and sunscreen.
North Carolina Big Sweep was founded as Beach Sweep in 1987 by Dr. Lundie Spence of the North Carolina Sea Grant College Program. In 1989, the public-private partnership officially became Big Sweep, the nation’s first statewide waterway cleanup. N.C. Big Sweep is a grassroots nonprofit organization whosemission is litter-free watersheds.To learn more about N.C. Big Sweep, visit www.ncbigsweep.org.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve Program has preserved more than 40,000 acres of maritime forests, marshes and other coastal habitats for education, research and traditional recreational uses. North Carolina has 10 reserve sites, including four sites designated as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Reserves operate as living laboratories for research, education and management.
For more information about each event, and directions to the sites, please contact:
Masonboro Island: Nancy Preston (N.C. Coastal Land Trust), (910) 790-4524
Zeke's Island: Joanne Harcke (N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher), (910) 458-8257, x237
Rachel Carson: Lori Davis, (252) 728-2170
Currituck Banks and Buxton Woods: Ann Wunderly, (252) 261-8891