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CPW in need of volunteers to help keep popular fishing spots ship shape

CPW News Release
BUENA VISTA, Colo. -- The Arkansas River offers some of the most versatile and diverse recreation opportunities to be found in Colorado. In fact, the river is widely regarded as one of the most -- if not the most -- commercially rafter rivers in the United States.

With camping, boating, rafting, hiking, sightseeing, picnicking and fishing right near the river banks, it's easy to see why it's such a popular outdoor recreation destination.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife estimates nearly one million people visit the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area each year. Such a high volume of visitation can cause significant damage to this precious public resource.

On Friday, Oct. 14, starting at 9 a.m., CPW will work with volunteers to clean up trash in select fishing easements in the Buena Vista and Leadville areas.

Individuals interested in helping to keep the river beautiful are encouraged to show up at the Hay Barn in Buena Vista located off of DePaul Ave., on the south side of town. There will be campers and equipment out front.

Volunteers should carpool, or bring their own vehicles, wear warm clothes and bring water, good boots, gloves, something to pick up trash with, snacks, and/or a lunch.

To help out, simply show up the day of, or get registered with the CPW southeast region volunteer coordinator, Jena Sanchez, at (719) 227-5204.

Volunteers who contribute at least 48 hours of work toward CPW projects will receive a free annual parks pass.

Contact Wildlife Technician Kail Glenn for more information: (719) 539-5991.
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