A litter pick-up event needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11, at Bayou Bartholomew Trail, 5601 Hazel Ave.
The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, along with the Bayou Bartholomew Alliance and Arkansas Game and Fish Stream team need volunteers to assist with the effort.
The cleanup will include a 1.5 mile guided hike along the William G. Layher Bayou Bartholomew Trail, according to a news release.
In addition to cleaning up, volunteers will learn more about the native flora and fauna of the bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands that dominate the landscape adjacent to the trail. The hike is rated as easy due to the fairly level terrain and short distance.
For those who are interested in paddling the Bayou Bartholomew Water Trail in Pine Bluff, shuttles will be provided, according to the release.
While intended to primarily be an environmental improvement opportunity, it will also serve as a community and economic development activity by helping to maintain the trail which has become a tourist destination.
Event sponsors include Keep Arkansas Beautiful, M.K. Distributors, City of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Three Rivers Audubon Society and the Arkansas Community Foundation.
Volunteers should wear close toed shoes and work clothes. Trash bags, gloves, water, bug spray and snacks will be provided. To register for the event, contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 870-534-1033 or John Pennington, Jefferson County urban stormwater agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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