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Army Corps to host 35th Annual Take Pride in Blue Marsh Day

Published April 6, 2016
USACE Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Michael Bliss (left) speaks with John Cave, Blue Marsh Lake Natural Resource Manager (center) and retired manager Al Schoenbeck during Take Pride in Blue Marsh Day in April 2015.

USACE Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Michael Bliss (left) speaks with John Cave, Blue Marsh Lake Natural Resource Manager (center) and retired manager Al Schoenbeck during Take Pride in Blue Marsh Day in April 2015.

Volunteers work on an erosion control project during Take Pride in Blue Marsh Day in April of 2015. 400 volunteers took part in the annual tradition which encourages the public and organizations to get involved in the stewardship of public lands, waters and parks

Volunteers work on an erosion control project during Take Pride in Blue Marsh Day in April of 2015. 400 volunteers took part in the annual tradition which encourages the public and organizations to get involved in the stewardship of public lands, waters and parks

LEESPORT, PA (MARCH 22, 2016) - Blue Marsh Lake will host its 35th annual “Take Pride in Blue Marsh” volunteer work program on April 16. The day mobilizes volunteers to assist with a variety of projects, including litter pickup, seedling planting, trail work, wildlife habitat improvement, table painting, trail improvements, landscaping and other projects. Friends, family or organizations are invited to join the project staff for a day in the great outdoors.  

Groups that would like to participate should attend an organizational meeting on April 6 at 7:00 pm so the Ranger team can accommodate group needs. This meeting will be held in the Conference Center at the Project office complex.

Litter pickup groups and individuals who would like to plant seedlings should meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. A cookout will be held for the volunteers at noon with donations from various local businesses. Blue Marsh Lake staff anticipates more than 400 volunteers will participate in this year's program. 

The Blue Marsh Lake Conservation Event for Volunteers was started 35 years ago and was originally affiliated with the "Keep America Beautiful, Inc," and "Take Pride in America" programs. The conservation program encourages involvement of the public and organizations in the stewardship of public lands, waters, and parks. The Blue Marsh Lake program has been recognized with national and state awards.

For additional information on getting involved with these volunteer work projects, please contact the Park Office at 610 376-6337 and ask for Ranger Sunderland or Ranger Freiwald. 

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Contact
Scott Sunderland
Scott.D.Sunderland@usace.army.mil

Release no. 16-007