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Trail cleanup set for June 1

April 09, 2013

BOONSBORO — South Mountain Recreation Area rangers and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club members invite trail lovers to join them in taking care of Maryland’s section of the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, June 1, in celebration of National Trails Day.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Road in Middletown, Md.

There is no age limit for participants, but youths should be supervised by a parent or guardian.

The Appalachian Trail work areas include Washington Monument, Wolfsville Road and Turner’s Gap.

Participants will experience a fun day of work and a complimentary meal at the end of the day. The event lasts until 3 p.m., but participants are not required to stay the entire time.

Volunteers for the trail workday will help maintain a portion of the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. Expert trail caretakers from the trail club and Maryland Park Service will provide direction.

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Volunteers are asked to wear clothes appropriate for trail work, including gloves and sturdy boots. They should bring water, trail snacks and insect repellent.

The event is sponsored by the Trail House in Frederick, Md., and the trail club, which is an organization of volunteers that builds and maintains the trail in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

For more information, call Ranger Chris Gleason-Smuck at 301-791-4656. To RSVP,  send an email to mdtrail@yahoo.com.

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