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Signs of Spring: Spring Cleaning Our Parks

Posted by Lace Thornberg at Apr 12, 2011 04:35 PM |
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It's officially spring and Earth Day is coming up. Check out the "spring cleaning" events happening this month at various spots along the Washington coast and in Washington State Parks and volunteer if you can.

Last week, spring had not sprung. But now it has! Last week and this week we are featuring signs of spring in this space. Check out our previous posts on Volunteer Vacations and skunk cabbage. Today Washington Trails Editor, Lace Thornberg, takes on spring cleaning - hiker style.


I tried to do some spring cleaning at my house last week, but it wasn't a great idea. After a few hours, a dark realization set in. I had been living in filth! Cleaning my house had forced me to confront this ugly truth ... and I missed spending the afternoon outside.

Here's a better idea. Take your seasonal urge to purge outdoors.

In conjunction with Earth Day, there are a number of spring cleaning events happening this month at various spots along the Washington coast and in Washington State Parks.

Volunteers are still needed for a huge beach cleanup effort scheduled for Saturday, April 23. This is one event where "all hands on deck" really adds up. During last year's clean up effort volunteers removed more than 16 tons of marine debris from Washington’s Pacific beaches. Visit the Washington CoastSavers website for details and to sign up.

State park rangers at more than a dozen parks are also seeking volunteers to help with Community Partnership Month cleanup events throughout April, to get ready for the spring and summer camping season. A few of these events are coming up on April 16 (Alta Lake, Bridle Trails, Fort Ebey, Pearrygin Lake), and another eight events are scheduled for April 23 (Larrabee, Lewis & Clark, Long Beach Peninsula, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Ocean City, Olallie, Saint Edward, Twin Harbors.) If neither of those dates works for you, you could try Deception Pass State Park. They are looking for volunteers throughout the month. Volunteers who want to help out in State Parks can find contact numbers by reading this press release.

Of course, if cleaning trails is more your thing, WTA is happy to oblige. We've got trail work parties on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail on both Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24.

If you decide that you really do need to clean your domicile, try to keep your cleaning green.