Volunteers still needed for Blacks Creek clean up

Volunteers still needed for Blacks Creek clean up

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Volunteers still needed for Blacks Creek clean up

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on April 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 9:45 PM

BOISE -- A local environmental group is asking for help on Saturday to clean up a wetlands area.

The local Golden Audubon Society wants volunteers to help pick up trash at the Blacks Creek Bird Reserve.

They tell us this will be the final clean up there because there has recently been a change in access to the area.

Now, there is vehicle control in and out of Blacks Creek, which the Audubon Society hopes will keep out those trashing the wetlands.

"Our next objection, now that we have the place controlled is to come back in here and do a little restoration to improve the area even more for wildlife," said Sean Finn with the Audubon Society.

The public is invited to help celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, with the dedication of Blacks Creek Bird Reserve after the clean up.

The clean up will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with the dedication following afterwards.

Blacks Creek Bird Reserve is located 10 miles southeast of Boise.

The reserve is comprised of 620 acres, providing habitat for more than 150 species of birds, many using the area as a stop-over during annual migrations.

Blacks Creek now offers controlled vehicle access to the reservoir area, with hiking trails, managed visitor parking with graveled parking lots and new information kiosks.

Over the past five years, the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, Bureau of Land Management, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Together Green, Job Corp, Ada County Landfill, off-highway vehicle clubs, local scouting groups, the Pleasant Valley Irrigation District, private landowners and other interested members of the public have supported and funded the preservation efforts.  They have hosted several clean-up activities, filling huge dumpsters with trash.

Car pools are forming at the MK Nature Center parking lot at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, for anyone who would like a ride to the clean-up and dedication.  The MK Nature Center is located at 600 S. Walnut Street in Boise.

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