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GREAT ARKANSAS CLEAN-UP: Cossatot River State Park Organizing Litter Pickup


Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area (September 6, 2016) – Volunteers are needed to participate in the annual fall litter pickup October 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB).

Litter can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come. By participating in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup, you can help make Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area a beautiful place to share with future generations.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter-pickup effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in.

Sign in will be at the Cossatot River State-Park Natural Area Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will be transported to where they will be working throughout the park. Safety vests, trash bags, gloves and other supplies will be provided. Bring your snacks, water and pick-up sticks or grabbers. We also highly recommend wearing boots and insect repellant for this event. Lunch will be provided to those who participate.

This year’s local cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors until his passing in 2014. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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