FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 18, 2016
38 Volunteers Join the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation in Clean-Up of Michaux State Forest
Camp Hill, PA –The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF), held an extremely successful cleanup of Hammonds Rocks, Buzzards Rocks and Spruce Run Vista in the Michaux Forest on Saturday. The 38 volunteers collected 80 bags of trash, 18 tires, and other discarded items. In addition to the work of many to remove the larger items, The H & K Group arranged to have an industrial vacuum to assist with the removal of broken glass.
Roy Brubaker, District Forester, was pleased with the results. “I’m deeply grateful to Pennsylvania Parks and Forests foundation, Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Michaux Forestry Association, Shippensburg University, and all the individuals who showed up to clean up trash around Buzzard Rocks, Hammonds Rocks, and Spruce Run Vista. These sites present some of the best vista sites in the northern end of the forest and I feel confident that the commitment and organization demonstrated by this volunteer effort will allow us to restore the natural beauty of these sites that has been marred by years of vandalism, litter, and graffiti,” Brubaker said.
The 2nd phase of the cleanup will be on May 21st when volunteers will be needed to work on removing the graffiti from the rocks.
“I look forward to the next step of working to remove graffiti on May 21, and heightened effort of monitoring and surveillance of these sites by this committed group of volunteers and organizations. It is great to feel that things are moving in a positive direction and that together we can steward these special places as the unique natural treasures that they are.”
For more information and to sign up to help please visit: https://paparksandforests.org/event/hammonds-rocks-clean-up-part-ii/
About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its 40 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through public engagement in volunteerism, recreation and conservation. paparksandforests.org @PaPFF