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River Cleanup Planned at Ponca State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ponca State Park and the Missouri National Recreational River are seeking volunteers for the inaugural Mighty Mo Annual Cleanup on April 20. This is an effort to remove trash and debris from the banks and sandbars left by the 2011 flood and exposed by the drought of 2012.

Volunteers will meet at the park’s boat ramp at 8 a.m. Boats will transport volunteers to cleanup sites, where work will conclude at 11:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at noon. T-shirts will be available to volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended; bring gloves or gloves will be provided. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Additional all-ages activities celebrating Earth Day at the park include tree planting, environmental games and a nature hike. For more information, call 402-755-2284. A park entry permit is required.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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