PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers to roll up their sleeves Saturday, Sept. 29, and devote their morning to planting trees and improving a trail in Schwarz Campground, below Dorena Dam near Cottage Grove, Ore.
The volunteer project supports National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest annual, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands. Corps park rangers encourage organized groups such as scouts, youth groups and civic clubs to participate, but also welcome individuals and families.
Orientation will begin at 9 a.m. at the campground’s group area. Participants will be assigned to tree planting or trail work crews. Everyone is encouraged to wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants. Gloves, tools and drinking water will be available throughout the morning.
Work will be completed about 12:30 p.m., and volunteers will be treated to a picnic lunch. The Corps will also reward volunteers’ efforts by inviting them to stay in the campground at no charge that evening.
“We thought it would be nice to give the volunteers a chance to enjoy the campground that they worked to improve,” said Corps Park Ranger Christie Johnson. “The campground will be officially closed for the season, so the volunteers will have the whole place to themselves.”
Volunteers will also receive a pass good for one free entry next year at a site managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Dorena Dam and Reservoir is one of 13 dam and reservoir projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette River drainage system. Each dam contributes to a water resource plan designed to provide flood damage reduction, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation and navigation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries.
For more information and to pre-register, contact a Corps of Engineers park ranger at 541-942-5631. A list of other NPLD sites, activities and contacts, and downloadable photos from past events, is available at http://www.publiclandsday.org.