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Volunteer For Natural Bridges Cleanup, Trail Restoration
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In celebration of National Public Lands Day and the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office will partner with the Tuolumne Resource Conservation District to host a recreation area cleanup and trail restoration event at New Melones Lake’s Natural Bridges Recreation Area this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

New Melones Lake is located on Highway 49, approximately eight miles north of Sonora and six miles south of Angels Camp. The public and members of local organizations and businesses are invited to participate.

Volunteers should dress for the summer heat; bring lunch, water, a hat, sunscreen, work gloves and trash grabbers (if possible); and wear sturdy shoes. On-site registration and check in will begin at 8:30a.m. at the Natural Bridges Trail Head located on Highway 49 approximately three miles north of Columbia. Refreshments will be provided.

To register for the event, contact Jim Revord or Toni Petric at (209) 536-9094 ext. 200 or Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at (209) 536-9094 ext. 236 or Participants who require special accommodations should contact Maxworthy as indicated above or at TTY (800) 877-8339.

NPLD is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Begun in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers, it is typically held on the last Saturday in September. In 2011, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at 2,067 sites performing a variety of services including building and maintaining trails and planting trees, shrubs and other native plants. For more information, visit the NPLD website at

The GSRC is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This annual cleanup is coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. Visit for more information on the GSRC.