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Deep Creek Lake State Park Seeks Volunteers for Trail Clean-Up on June 2

In celebration of 20th annual National Trails Day

Students from Garrett College helping clear the trails.

Garrett County, Md. (May 2, 2012) ─ Deep Creek Lake State Park Rangers and Garrett Trails’ sustainable crew invite participants to join them as they clean and enhance area trails on June 2 in celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.

“The 2012 National Trail Day theme is America’s Largest TRAILgating Party,” said Ranger David Best. “Garrett Trails and Deep Creek State Park are moving the party off the pavement to where the scenery is greener and the air is fresher.”

Participants will enjoy Deep Creek Lake State Park and share in the natural beauty of Garrett County as they join forces with Rangers of the Maryland Park Service, and Garrett Trails sustainable trail crew and interpretive staff members. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, tools, energy and enthusiasm for pruning branches, moving rocks, raking, grading and sprucing-up Meadow Mountain and Brant Mine Trails for the summer season.

“This is a day to come together outdoors to give back to the trails in our region,” said Theresa MacLennan, Garrett Trails Executive Director. “Discover, enjoy and care for the public lands trail system in Deep Creek Lake State Park.”

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Deep Creek State Park’s upper overflow parking lot, off of State Park Road. Staff recommends that participants bring water, insect repellant, sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing and a snack. The event should last to about 12 p.m. More information is available by contacting Best at 301-387-5563 or MacLennan at 360-509-3492.

More than 2,000 nationwide events are to take place during National Trails Day including trail maintenance, celebrations and hiking and biking activities. Girl Scouts participating in a National Trails Day event can earn the "Get with the Land" patch by visiting the Girl Scout website. For details about this and other trail events visit garretttrails.org or americanhiking.org/ntd.


   May 2, 2012

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

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